SINGLE REVIEW: Masala Bazaar by Jamit & Kroissenbrunner

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Jamit is an electronica/EDM composer and producer who grew up in Australia but is now based in Singapore. The past months have seen a plethora of instrumental releases, including Multiplayer Erotica, Lovers and Rockers, Solar Power and Star of Wonder. His music is essentially psychedelic trance with other aspects of EDM genres incorporated into the sound, along with innovative use of spoken word samples.

His most recent releases have included Female Medieval Jester, Taeb Ecnad and Pole Vault, a collaboration with Franco Paulsen and vocalist Yuriko. This latest track, Masala Bazaar, is also a collaboration. This time it’s with producer Kroissenbrunner who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. This constitutes their third collaboration and it’s a highly effective one.

It’s a moody and hypnotic piece of electronica, with an arrangement by Jamit and Kroissenbrunner contributing the various sounds and vocal samples. The beat is slightly unusual and off-kilter which gives it an exotic feel whilst still remaining eminently danceable. On top of this is a haunting, recurring synth line that becomes the main melodic motif of the track. This is augmented by pulsing synth pads and an ostinato note in the low end which also adds to the mesmeric ambience.

Interspersed with the music are the vocal samples, which enigmatically turn out to be the names of spices. As the track progresses the beat starts to become more strident, with the kick in particular developing a real punch. Near the three minute mark things turn psychedelic as the music starts to morph and an eerie sounding synth swirls to the end of the track, adding to the trippy nature of the music as a whole.

Overall, this is further evidence that Jamit, with the artistic assistance of his collaborator Kroissenbrunner, has mastered a certain style of electronica that takes the listener to some far out places whilst never losing its essential dancefloor appeal. He has developed a sonic niche of his own that is both quirkily original but with wide ranging appeal. Masala Bazaar will go down a storm with his current fans and should make him a whole lot more.

 

VERDICT = 8.9 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

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SINGLE REVIEW: Pioneer Generation by Jamit ft. Orestis Milios

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Jamit is an electronica/EDM composer and producer who grew up in Australia but is now based in Singapore. Not much is yet known about his genesis as a composer but the past few months have seen a plethora of instrumental releases, including The Original, Style And Fashion, Solar Power and Star of Wonder. His music is essentially psychedelic trance with other aspects of EDM genres incorporated into the sound, along with innovative use of spoken word samples. I recently gave a glowing review to his last release Such Is Not (which you can read here).

This track, Pioneer Generation, is a different beast in ways to the previous Such Is Not. While it is another six-minute psytrance epic, rhythmically it is much more complex and also features the spoken word vocals of Orestis Milios. The track begins with just the intricate beat for four bars, before we hear the click of a camera and the beat returns with a syncopated descending motif that works in perfect contrast to the rhythm.

It’s this close attention to detail that makes Pioneer Generation such a strong track, which reveals more with every listen. Interweaved into the sonic blend are some psychedelic synths and a spoken word sample of the track title. After a minute or so, the beat becomes more layered with the addition of hi hat, and then the spoken word vocals of Orestis Milios grab your attention.

The words are in Greek, a language which has a certain grandeur to it. I’ve discovered that the words translate as variations on the title, “pioneers”, “innovators”, “originators”. The cumulative effect of the repeating vocals and the addictive, restless rhythms is actually hypnotic, which is exactly what psytrance is all about. It has a similar euphoric vibe to the acid house classic Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald, and I can’t give higher praise than that.

Overall, this is another excellent psytrance track from Jamit that feels like a progression or at least a departure from his previous release. The spoken word vocals of Orestis Milios contribute to the sound, but it’s the inventiveness of the rhythmic aspects that make Pioneer Generation stand out. It should be another stepping stone towards Jamit establishing himself as a serious contender in the psytrance genre.

 

VERDICT: 8.7 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

ARTIST REVIEW: DJ Kazo

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DJ Kazo (Kalvis Ozolins) is a 22 year old Latvian electronic artist, currently residing in Ireland. His genre is essentially EDM, but more specifically he combines the euphoric aspect of traditional trance with the modern vibe and production style of acid techno to create his own sound. Heavy bass and psychedelic effects are also a constant feature in his music.

He has so far released four singles across 2017/18: Sinners, Psychedelic Damage, State Of Trance and Addicted, the latter two being released this year. DJ Kazo’s music is tailor made for the dancefloor and the first thing that strikes you is the high quality production that must sound fantastic in a club environment.

Sinners bursts out of the speakers with a biting four-to-the-floor kick drum and low-end synth/sub bass, before the track starts to build with atmospheric trance sounds that crescendo to fever pitch with a lengthy riser. After a brief breakdown we launch back into the beat, with a mysterious female vocal floating into the mix that brought to mind the acid house classic Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald.

Psychedelic Damage, as the title implies, shows a more expansive and psychedelic to his oeuvre. With a complex, syncopated kick and snare beat, it fuses morphing, squelchy synth sounds with subtle synth chords. A leading saw-wave riff starts to emerge along with a pulsing, simple but highly effective bassline. There’s not a dull moment in this constantly inventive track.

State of Trance lies somewhere between the two styles, with the relentless four-to-the-floor techno of Sinners melding with a trancy, atmospheric and psychedelic vibe that gradually unfolds across the duration of this instrumental track. This has a darker sonic mood than Sinners, perfect for 3am in the clubs. The sound and production is cutting edge.

His most recent release, Addicted, develops his nuanced style a little further, balancing the hard techno edge with spacey sounding synths and eerie, disembodied vocal samples that add to the hypnotic vibe, which is the essence of trance. It builds to an intense climax at the two minute mark, then sustains momentum till the end.

Overall, in the space of just four singles, DJ Kazo has forged his own unique signature style. This is impressive considering the difficulty of standing out in the dance music world and his relatively young age. He’s already developed a sizeable fanbase, and he has the potential to become the next big thing in the overall EDM scene, but particularly in the techno/trance genres.

VERDICT: Could become the next big thing in EDM!

Alex Faulkner

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