Album of the Month - November 2018
Connan Tant Hosford aka musician/composer/producer Connan Mockasin is from Te Awanga (New Zealand) and this is his third album, recorded at Studio Ferber, Paris in one week with Nicholas Harsant, Matthew Eccles and Rory McCarthy. It accompanies a five part film called Bosyn n’ Dobsyn’ which stars Connan Mockasin and Blake Pryor.
A smooth slow jam of an album. From soul growl to falsetto pleading it’s a rain-lashed soul groove with jewelled splashes of funks splashing on the window. It sits deep in the grooves. Slightly unsettling downbeat melancholia with almost music-hall crooning at times. A confident slide and groove across the dancefloor. A twilight last savoured sip of whiskey type of album - a downright downbeat classic.
Connan Mockasin’s third album Jassbusters is an unclassifiable, unconventional affair that neither picks up from nor abandons the modes of 2013’s widely-embraced Caramel or its 2010 predecessor Forever Dolphin Love. Jassbusters foreshadows a five-part melodrama film titled Bostyn 'n Dobsyn, created by Mockasin, soundtracking the unpredictable narrative of the film in eclectic, electric ways. The album is sure to make turntables shimmer and shiver in its wake.