Adelaide electronic jazz band Brokers, have been around for years, but really made waves in 2015 with the release of their debut album, a national tour and being crowned one of Rip It Up’s Hot Six for 2015. The dreamy jazz four-piece is made up of three siblings Laura, Ben and Michael Zubreckyj as well as David Smith. The release of their EP Miosis back in 2013 saw Brokers support an impressive list of electronic artists, including Flume, Seekae and BadBadNotGood and it will be interesting to see what endeavours their debut album will bring the band in 2016.
Brokers released their debut album Resettler in early December 2015, filled with smooth, dreamy electronic jazz with ambient hip-hop and obscure samples. The first track released off the album was Curious Sleep, which the band describes as ‘the most upbeat song we have ever written.’ It is a groovy little number, inspired by 80's jazz funk band, Shakatak and features a vibrant jazz flute lacing the track with sweet vocals from Laura. Brokers then released Run/Hide that they teamed up with Jesse Davidson for, creating a gorgeous laid back, electronic ambient dream with reverbed vocals trickling in amongst wistful synths.
Resettler also includes some of Brokers' more experimental tracks, where they push the boundaries by creating unsettling sounds in Modaffodils; with a recording of a melody on an out-of-tuned piano, showing you not what you want to hear but what you need to hear. Another stand out track on the album is Overview, which features a dark, ambient synth, a distant sample of a NASA recording and old home VHS tapes. Pacific evokes a peculiar experience with a simple dreamy, trickling melody, paired with a recording of a sixties psychological experiment video. Teknikolor is a groovy dance track with intoxicating driving drums, wobbly, upbeat synths, a hint of bass and unnerving samples; it is probably my favourite track off the album.
Dark Bed brings back the electronic jazz with Laura’s crooning vocals being at the forefront of the track. Resetller closes with the track Reset, perfectly rounding off the album with its lush and gentle vibes and choppy vocals as they experiment with a vocoder.
The album is filled with hidden gems that are amazingly well produced and written, pushing the boundaries of the electronic jazz genre. Resetller is a journey that you can hear from start to finish, where you really get the full effect of the complexities of Brokers' unique take on atmospheric, nu-jazz. Despite that this might be Brokers’ last project together, it will be interesting to experience the live performance of Resettler and see where the album takes them in 2016.
Header image taken by Alex Zmau via Brokers.