The sound of Danish quartet Abekejser works pretty similar to the eclectic playlists of young digital natives – no one really cares about genre boundaries anymore, as long as the ingredients are fun: Heavy Hip Hop Beats meet gnarly synth sounds, reverb drenched Rock Guitars and a room filling bass. The result is a highly danceable mix of Jazztronica and Neo-Soul, whose catchy melodies and hooks reveal their complex structures only after several listens. "Abekejser", in English the “Monkey King”, has already accompanied the band since their foundation as a musical, somewhat tipsy, perhaps even spiritual mentor and runs like a thread through their music.
Abekejser was founded in 2015 in the danish city of Aarhus, the current hotbed of the scandinavian music scene. The four young musicians with a background in Jazz and World-Music knew each other through their memberships in several other formations when they finally decided to combine their individual ideas through a common musical vision – and so they created an highly individual, urban universe between jazz, beats and electronica that shares some musical ground with bands like Snarky Puppy, Jaga Jazzist or piano-visionary Robert Glasper, but follows its very own rules by doing so. After their debut album "Floating Through The Universe", which already made noticeably enthusiastic waves in the bustling Scandinavian and British jazz scene and was even allowed to accept the Danish "Jazznytprisen" Award as "best jazz act of 2019", the four released their follow-up album called "Blueprint" (Jazzhaus Records) at the end of 2021, diligently released rousing singles in 2023 and already announced their third album for the spring of 2024.
“Abekejser creates a peaceful and cinematic musical space that leaves anyone longing for more.” Good Because Danish
Jeppe Lavsen – Electric guitar
Jon Døssing Bendixen – Synthesizers, vocoder
Adrian Christensen – Moog Bass Synth, Electric Bass
Frederik Emil Bülow – Drums & Sensory Percussion