Exemplary cinematic jazz (no, don’t go) from the Cinematic Orchestra. The Cinematic Orchestra’s stuff is jazz and many other elements but with a dance sensibility. Hardly surprising, since main man J Swinscoe worked for the wonderful Ninja Tune record label.


The Ninja Tune website says: The aptly named Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) were formed by 30 year old J. Swinscoe back in 1999. At the time Jay was still an employee at Ninja Tune in South London, where he was responsible for export sales at the long-standing independent record label. Swinscoe arrived at London Bridge from Scotland via Yorkshire and Cardiff with a background playing bass and guitar in bands and DJing, as well as a head full of ideas and influences, such as his love of jazz bass players, rhythm sections and film soundtracks. So while he knocked out Mr. Scruff and Coldcut records to Spain and Scandinavia by day, he began putting together the TCO album in his downtime.


The Cinematic Orchestra’s first album was “Motion” (1999). It is a combination of jazz and electronic of real instruments and samples. And the result is more than the sum of the parts. It had a warmth and emotive core. It was voted album of the year by listeners to Gilles Peterson’s Radio One show. Uncut compared it to “every hard-boiled, neon-lit Hollywood thriller you’ve seen, the sound of a thousand femmes fatales, doomed P.I.’s and bitter plot twists remixed and refashioned in one ingeniously sampled audio narrative”.


The Cinematic Orchestra – Ode To The Big Sea


The Cinematic Orchestra – And Relax!


The Cinematic Orchestra – Channel 1 Suite (Four Tet Remix)
The Cinematic Orchestra website
Buy product or download from Ninjashop or emusic.

~ by acidted on October 20, 2008.


  1. […] a new The Cinematic Orchestra album – In Motion #1 – for you to enjoy (TCO previously here). The track is Necrology – free download. This is very much in line with Jason […]

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