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San Franciscan Peter Berend’s mystery unit, KWJAZ, flashed forth this debut self-titled slab of “post-plastic sublime decomposed luxury grooves” on cassette via his own Brunch Groupe imprint early in 2011 and the 120 listeners lucky enough to grip a copy know who they are. It only took half a spin before we green-lit this gem for vinyl treatment and we are delighted to present it thusly. Comprised of two side-long suites, “Once In Babylon” and the oddly monikered “Frighteous Wane,” KWJAZ nimbly ebbs and flows the proceedings through airy cloud-jazz full of smoky crystal keys and hiss-hazed horn sections, bouncy dub-funk vignettes, syrupy synth sections, and smooth soft-rock abstractions. A real riddle of an LP that deepens and ripens with each pass. Black vinyl LPs mastered at Dubplates in Berlin in jackets with cosmic floral artwork by Austin Cho/Casey Grr.