Long-time member of the Viva Recordings fam Todd Omotani reaches out with a top notch single for the esteemed imprint. A veteran Pacific Northwest DJ, Omotani has held residencies in Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, and Tokyo (at his renowned monthly SOLID party). Omotani’s discography contains releases on Amenti, Mark Farina’s Great Lakes Audio, and Viva — including a recent remix of Jay Tripwire’s “Filament Burst.” Also, Omotani is a talented artist and graphic designer, responsible for iconic images and cover art for numerous Viva releases.
“With The Jazz” is a smooth deep house cut that will please the old school heads to no end. Warm Rhodes-style keys, vibe riffs, a bouncing bass line, and cool vocal drops move this to the front of the DJ’s crate. Chicago’s legendary Diz, operating under the nom de plume of Bertha, tackles the first remix. It’s a swirly, hypnotic take, featuring intricate chord interplay, a sweet trumpet, and a feet-pleasing chunky groove. San Francisco’s Tim K, who supplied keys on the original version, rejoins the release for the second remix. A disco-style bass line leads this one on to the floor, while spacier, echoed elements appear in the midsection. Other melodic solos come on board, making this a definite late night treat.
Omotani’s “With That Jazz” will be released on vinyl with full color artwork by N8W. This is Viva Recordings’ first vinyl release in over ten years, limited to 300 copies.
Pezzner (Freerange) – “We don’t get to hear house music like this enough these days. Todd is a true creative force to be reckoned with and the original really shows. On the flip side, Tim’s mix evokes horns so smooth even Herb Alpert can appreciate. Great record.”
Kirby (Nordic Trax) – “Nice EP. Loving the Diz (Bertha) remix. The Original and Tim K mixes are really nice too.”
Lil’ Mark (Apollo) – “Diz’s mix is my fave.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Classy, nice tracks. I love the muted trumpet.”
KJ (Integrity Recordings) – “This is seriously dope.”
Mr. Bootsauce (Unity) – “Diggin’ the original mix. Jazz is always good.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “I love Bertha’s mix, thanks!”
Rory Cochrane (Deep Site Sessions) – “Love Bertha’s Mix. Will support on the Deep Site Sessions show.”
Salvatore Logicfusion (Deepinradio) – “Beautiful stuff.”
Steve ‘Griffo’ Griffiths (Freak Da Funk) – “Yowzah! What a great way to start the day as I eat my cornflakes and listen to this. I’ve loved Diz’s woprk since he 90’s and no surprise that so far Bertha’s mix stands out for me. Omotani’s mix goes for the noodle and makes for perfect late night/early morning listening. Tim K’s mix transports me back to the early 80’s jazz funk scene. Great record.”