New Audio: Introducing Belgian Quintet STUFF. and Their Funky, Hip-Hop Take on Jazz Fusion

STUFF. is a Belgian-based quintet who have received attention across their native Belgium and the European Union for a sound that possesses elements of hip-hop, jazz, jazz fusion and funk. And as a result of the attention they’ve received, the Belgian quintet have opened for a number of renowned acts including D’Angelo, pianist Robert Glasper, and they’ve also recorded live remixes for Jungle and Little Dragon as part of their acclaimed residency at Belgium’s Ancienne Belgique.

Their self-titled full-length debut was produced by Daddy Kev, who has worked with Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Jonwayne and was initially released in their native Belgium earlier this year, and caught the attention of the BBC‘s Gilles Peterson, who played the album’s first single “Event Horizon” on BBC 6. As a result, STUFF will be playing at this year’s On Blackheath Festival, where Peterson curated a stage, which has garnered even more increasing attention across the EU and internationally.
In fact, the quintet will be embarking on tour dates across the UK and the Netherlands to support the re-release of their self-titled debut in the UK on September 18 and I suspect that will bring attention back to the album’s first and lead single “Event Horizon” is comprised of wobbling synths, jazz drumming, shimmering guitar chords, glitchy looped samples, swirling electronics and bleeps and bloops to create a song that possesses a hip-hop strutting swagger but with a cool, downtempo jazz fusion feel — and it does so in a way that’s reminiscent of Cy Gorman‘s “Carmen” and of Josh Roseman Unit‘s fantastic Treats for the Nightwalker.