Fazer

Afrobeat
© Constantin Mirbach
© Constantin Mirbach

Afrobeat is hip: in England especially, more young bands than ever are currently experimenting with funky wind instruments and complex rhythms. On that score, Fazer sounds 'very british' – but that could also be down to the fact that they recorded their second album Nadi in a famous London studio. However, the five musicians actually come from Munich, a city in which you might not expect to come across gentle Latin rhythms, psychedelic soul and blissful African grooves. Despite having two drummers, the band formed around multi-instrumentalist Martin Brugger is no raucous Afro-beast. Fazer play their instrumental jazz with a 'polyrhythmic sophistication that is rarely heard with this delicacy', according to Jazz Thing – and Matthias Lindermayr’s trumpet delves into the spheres of cool jazz. There’s no doubt about it: Fazer are the most exciting smooth band in Germany today.