SINGLE REVIEW: Pole Vault (Club Mix) by Jamit & Franco Paulsen ft. Yuriko

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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 few 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.

After the recent release of Taeb Ecnad, his reinterpretation of a 1969 reggae classic by King Stitt and Clancy Eccles, this club mix of a track called Pole Vault is a return to the extended epic psytrance/techno style of his previous release Female Medieval Jester. This track is a collaboration with fellow producer Franco Paulsen and vocalist Yuriko. Paulsen recently moved from South Africa to Melbourne and Jamit visited him there to work on the track. Owing to the wonders of modern technology, Yuriko was able to record her vocals in Singapore.

The track is nearly ten minutes long, but sustains the listener’s interest to the very end due to the cleverly structured arrangement that allows the music to grow gradually and organically. Starting with a punchy ‘four to the floor’ kick and subtle atmospheric synths, we hear brief snatches of Yuriko’s ethereal, reverb-drenched vocals float across the sonic spectrum.

For the first three minutes the percussion builds from the subtle psytrance beat to a harder-hitting techno beat over an ostinato low-end synth. This is layered with atmospheric synths and Yuriko’s vocals until it breaks down into a dreamy, psychedelic section before building back up for another storming three minutes to bring this epic track to a climactic conclusion.

Overall, this is a very successful collaboration between Jamit and his talented musical cohorts. It’s a return to the expansive and epic style that Jamit does so well and his collaborators bring their own creative flavour to the music. Guaranteed to slay on the dancefloor, it will further enhance Jamit’s reputation as the finest in his field.

 

VERDICT = 8.7 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

 

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SINGLE REVIEW: Taeb Ecnad by Jamit

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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 few 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.

After the recent release of his extended epic track Female Medieval Jester, which I recently reviewed, comes a completely different style of track. It’s a reinterpretation of a 1969 reggae classic by King Stitt and Clancy Eccles called Dance Beat. Jamit has reversed the title and radically reinterpreted the music as a five-minute deep house instrumental. The first ninety seconds gradually builds up the layers of the track, starting with a punchy speaker-pounding kick and locomotive-style rhythmic elements, then gradually bringing in repeating synth patterns.

At a certain point, the track seems to spin on its axis, breaking down briefly then coming back without a filter on the kick so that it’s even punchier. It works in tandem with a haunting synth melody which becomes the main motif for the rest of the track’s duration. The hypnotic, mesmerizing effect that you associate with Jamit’s music manifests in its full potency. At five minutes, the length feels just about right and the production is perhaps his finest so far.

Overall, this is a distinct contrast to his last release and a highly effective interpretation of a classic in a completely different genre. Dance music has a long history of drawing inspiration from other musical styles and tracks from the past, and here Jamit shows a gift for taking a reggae song and reinventing it in his own artistic vision. Aside from that, it’s a track that will go down a storm in the clubs.

 

VERDICT = 9 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

 

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SINGLE REVIEW: Female Medieval Jester by Jamit

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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 few 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.

This year I have already given glowing reviews to his previous releases Such Is Not, Pioneer Generation, MRT and Chicken. His latest track, Female Medieval Jester, is somewhat a musical departure from his previous releases whilst still maintaining the Jamit signature sound. This track is both his most minimalist and, at the same time, his most epic so far at nine minutes long. Whereas he defined his previous work as psytrance, this belongs more in the ambient category.

It begins with an intricate percussive rhythmic pattern that forms the bedrock for the whole track. A synthesized vocal chant then emerges followed by a psychedelic, swirling synth pattern, which is the kind of sound you associate with Jamit’s music.

These simple elements interweave and repeat throughout the duration, having an accumulatively meditative and mesmeric effect on the listener. Jamit has suggested to listen to it in the bathtub; this is subtly complex ambient with a gentle infusion of the erotic. By the end of the track I was feeling noticeably more relaxed and peaceful, it is essentially music to bliss out to.

Overall, this is another strong step forward in Jamit’s artistic progression. It’s nearly twice the length of his previous releases and in a more ambient style, yet still retains the key elements of his sound. My only criticism of his tracks in the past was that sometimes they felt like they ended too soon. Not this time, here Jamit really allows the music to breathe and this slightly new direction will increase his appeal radius even further.

VERDICT: 8.7 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

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SINGLE REVIEW: Chicken by Jamit

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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.

This year I have already given  glowing reviews to his previous releases Such Is Not ,Pioneer Generation and MRT. This latest track, Chicken, retains some of the elements of previous releases but takes it into new areas of experimentation. It grips you from the very start with a swirling, kaleidoscopic synth riff that drives the momentum of the whole track. This is augmented by an understated kick drum rhythm and all manner of percussive noises as well as psychedelic sound effects.

A common feature of Jamit’s music is the use of vocal samples, and here male and female voices appear naming countries in various languages. The meaning behind the track is that, worldwide, chicken is eaten with no ethical significance. Around a minute in, a stately four note synth string theme starts to take prominence, giving the track an extra gravity and depth. It’s during the final minute that things really turn trippy. The swirling riff returns with a more standard four to the floor kick, sounding somehow more ominous and intense.

Overall, this is yet another strong psytrance track from Jamit, with this one featuring a more aggressive edge. It has an addictive quality like all his music does and, once again, I was left wanting more. However, there is always the possibility of remixes, which give the track an even greater creative potential. Chicken will consolidate his current fanbase and no doubt help expand it further.

 

VERDICT: 8.7 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

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SINGLE REVIEW: MRT by Jamit

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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.

This year I have already given  glowing reviews to his previous releases Such Is Not and Pioneer Generation. This latest track, MRT, shows Jamit refining his psytrance style to an even finer pitch. MRT stands for Mass Rapid Transit, which refers to the train system in Singapore and other places. Starting in a haze of atmospheric synths, a four to the floor thudding kick emerges along with a pulsing low end synth rhythm that perfectly mirrors the chugging, rolling rhythm of a moving train. Intricate use of subtle percussive elements also contribute to the musical onomatopoeia.

For the first two thirds, this minimalist sound has a mesmeric effect as the best psytrance music does, but then the track modulates into a higher key, giving a sense of elevation and having shifted up a gear. This is all the more effective for being unexpected, along with the What Time Is Love-style synth patterns that enter the mix. In fact, this track brought to mind the more psychedelic moments from The KLF’s classic acid house album The White Room.

Overall, this is another excellent psytrance track from Jamit, whose style is progressively refined and streamlined with every release. He now has his own inimitable signature sound, and MRT will prove very popular with psytrance and EDM fans in general. My only slight complaint is that I felt the track finished just as the musical momentum was really building, and so I look forward to hearing alternative mixes where there is no time constraints like there is with a single (an EP for different mixes of MRT could be ideal).

 

 

VERDICT: 8.8 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

SINGLE REVIEW: Such Is Not by Jamit

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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.

This track, Such Is Not, is a perfect example. Clocking in at an epic six and a half minutes, it leaps out of the blocks straight away, opening with a pulsing ‘four to the floor’ kick and a burst of colourful, swirling synth patterns. It creates a mesmeric mood that captivates the attention immediately. Around the first minute mark we hear the first use of vocal samples, this one in Spanish. The music then abruptly changes to a lower key which draws the listener in further.

Around the three minute mark we hear the sample from which the title is derived, taken from a novel by sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle: “Such is not in accord with humanitarian considerations..”. Perhaps a prescient quote to use considering the current political climate, and the use of this author’s work seems apposite given the futuristic vibe of Jamit’s music. As the track progresses, the interweaving synth patterns develop in subtle but effective ways, along with another couple of modulations.

Overall, this is an inventive and highly enjoyable psytrance track that manages to be both blissfully chilled out yet addictive at the same time. The use of samples is tastefully done, lending variety to the soundscape. With a high level quality of production and his own inimitable style, Jamit has what it takes to make his mark in the saturated but still hugely popular world of EDM.

 

VERDICT: 8.4 out of 10

Alex Faulkner

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