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An ambassador’s choice jazz-funk and blues rock pearl from ‘80s Athens gets its 40th anniversary reissue flowers, remastered from original analog tapes and bound to catch fire with connoisseurs. Imagine a Greek Sade meets Kate Bush at midnight in a smoky tavern...
Colour us smitten with this introduction to Idyli Tsaliki’s timeless charms on a first reissue of her sole, debut album ‘Aftapati’ - a rare and little known masterwork of jazz-fusion that lands like warm late night air on bare skin. Thanks to Greek label, Veego, its seductive appeal is set to ooze far and wide with a thoroughly satisfying 10 songs arranging classical guitar flourishes, velvet stroked fretless bass, dusted drums and melt-on-mind keys under Idyli’s attractive vocals, which clearly take from US jazz funk and blues rock, but sung in her native tongue with the deftest touch on cuts ranging from Donna Summer-like dancers to debonaire Sade vibes, with a special touch of flighty magic.
Only ever available on a one-time 1983 vinyl pressing - not even CD - this reissue marks the first presentation of ‘Aftapati’ outside Greece. Front to back it sounds every bit a lost classic, with a damn tight backing band keeping everything tucked tight in-the-pocket as they coolly swing and shuffle from the snake-hipped boogie of ‘Evrigonio’ to the blues rock downstroke ‘Katharsi’, synth-bathed and romantic bossa lilt in ‘To Pediko Mpaoulo’, and a surefire nod to Kate Bush in the slick chord-change intricacies and agility of ‘Sexulaliki Ependisi’. There’s another real standout in the love scene torchsong ’Stigma’, and again with the lattice of folk strum, fretless bass and blushing pads to her title tune that should seal the deal for debonaires and fans of that ace ‘GOST - A Spiritual Exploration into Greek Soundtracks (1975-1989)’ compilation.