Nils – Caught In The Groove (Baja/TSR)
Let’s face it: these are trying times. We’re all stuck inside, oftentimes without much to do. Some of us are locked down with significant others, boyfriends/girlfriends, husbands/wifes, etc. After that 5th or 6th ep of your rewatch binge of The Office, you glance at one another, and it’s time. Clothes go off, deodorant goes on – don’t pretend that you smell good right now – and from there it’s into or onto the bed, the couch, or even the washing machine.
You know what’s missing in this scene? The music, of course. But not just any music; it has to be right. The two of you (or more, I don’t judge) deserve it to be right. And that’s where Caught In The Groove comes in.
I can’t claim to know much about German jazz musician Nils Jiptner, or what exactly he was thinking as he conceptualized this album. Maybe it was an audio illustration of the rolling German countryside, or an ode to the neo-gothic architecture still on prominent display in Munich. Perhaps it was more of a call-to-action, to encourage all who listen to unite and make the world a better place. But regardless of any of that, this is very clearly a sex album for doing sex with other sex-doers.
From the uptempo “Good Times are Better” and “I Like The Way You Do It”, to the slower “My Mornings With You” and “All Roads Lead To You”… oh. I guess Nils knew that he was making a sex album all along then. As smooth as a fine whiskey, and as layered as a fine dip, Caught In The Groove delivers as a complete listening experience. Good luck getting through the whole 12 track ride with your pants on.
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