Ruud Voesten – “The Crypto Shuffle”


The third single from Dutch drummer and composer Ruud Voesten, “The Crypto Shuffle” presents an intoxicating jazz styling that swells from concise, brassy bursts into a soaring, swooning embrace in the second half. This follows up the single “Goesting,” which is also from Voesten’s upcoming full-length Ambrosia, releasing in September via ZenneZ Records.

Voesten describes the effort as “about the capital sin of greed, where sinners call each other out for spending too much or being too frugal.” He elaborates: “Personally I related this to the cryptocurrency wave that has been going over the world the past few years. Get rich quick, easy money, greed, fraud and disappointment.”

A solemn saxophone line builds patiently, culminating in the sharp rhythmic accompaniments of Tijs Klaassen on double bass and Voesten on drums. Koen Schalkwijk’s caressing piano infusions play as a quick, lush embrace in between the brassy correspondences, propelled by Mo van der Does (alto sax) and Wietse Voermans (tenor sax). “The Crypto Shuffle” is a stylish, climactic sound with a poignant theme, reflecting “the luring and inviting aspects of money and the destruction it leaves behind.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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