For years Rene Costy has remained a musical enigma, a legend among crate diggers and beat makers, but almost completely obscure elsewhere. A classically trained jazz musician, Costy recorded a series of library music albums in the 70s that saw him combine his interest in then new synth technology, with a love of the syncopated rhythms of jazz and funk. The results were remarkable sonic experiments, tripping between ambient soundscapes and hard, breakbeat driven funk. It's little surprise that his work has been sampled by everyone from Madlib to Howie B, with some of Costy's albums of library music going for crazy Discogs cash.
Now a comprehensive overview of his work is being released by the SDBAN label - it's a journey through dusty soundtrack jazz and weird electronica, and it's a remarkable listen. We're premiering Actuality 1 from the comp - a wobbly slice of Moog driven disco that comes on like a long lost Italo classic-
Rene Costy - Expectancy is released on SDBAN on CD, digi & gatefold vinyl on March 3rd. Check the Sdban Facebook for more info