Atmospheric jazz trio plays with neo-soul and hip-hop and fills you with joy

Athletic Progression is a much acclaimed and hyped band on the Danish jazz scene. And beyond. This Danish trio aims much wider than the narrow jazz circles.

The band – consisting of Jonas Cook (keyboard), Jonathan J. Ludvigsen (drums) and Justo Gambula (bas) – released their debut album, Dark Smoke, in 2019, and here they fuse groovy jazz compositions with hip-hop beats, funk and soulful harmonies.

If you dig the sounds of J Dilla, Herbie Hancock and Flying Lotus, you’ll take a liking to this as well. Athletic Progressions don’t use samples but play everything by hand.

This is lingering dance music, comfort music, happy music and dreamy music. It goes with most sensations.

Athletic Progression released their debut album, Dark Smoke, in 2019. It’s full of feel-good tunes and besides the wonderful instrumental backing, the band is also joined by vocalists Minna Forouzandeh (she sings on four of nine tracks), Isatta Sheriff and Blacc El.