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: 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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ALBUM REVIEW: 12-02 The Journey by Gulliverb

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Gulliverb is the artistic moniker of Spanish electronica composer/producer Chimo Ausin. He has a fascinating back story; he is a trained pilot and works for a well known Spanish company flying Boeing 747’s. When not flying planes around the world, he’s also the executive producer of Russia Today TV. However, it’s the former passion for aviation that is the inspiration for this album 12-02 The Journey.

This concept album has been years in the making, and the concept is based around space travel, specifically the first time we sent men to the Moon in 1969. He intends to release the album to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. Musically, it could be described as future house or deep house, but the epic proportions of the tracks and use of atmospheric noises means it could be classified in the psytrance genre.

Another notable aspect of the music is that Gulliverb combines electronic sounds with real musical instruments including guitars, cellos, sax and harmonica. So far, he has made six tracks available before its full release in July, 2019. The opening track, Part 1, is the perfect introduction to his musical style. From its opening bars, it creates a sense of tension and excitement as vocal samples (presumably from the Apollo 11 mission) are heard over pulsing synths.

A memorable melody then emerges which forms the bedrock for the whole track. The arrangement is cleverly constructed, with effective use of cymbals and kick drum ‘booms’ that help create a sense of drama and crescendo. This builds up to the entry of a full house beat, with punchy kick and snare giving it a muscular and vibrant sound. Indeed, the intricate drum programming is one of the great strengths of the album, which is never just a repeated loop that a less talented, less inspired composer/producer might use.

Halfway through, the track breaks down to a female voice describing the musical concept behind Gulliverb and then for the first time we hear lead vocals, albeit briefly. It builds up once again when a new, very catchy low-end saw wave riff enters along with a classic ‘four to the floor’ beat. It then returns to a full beat augmented by samples, then follows a short half-time section leading to the final section coloured by rich saxophone. And that’s just the first track!

This complex, symphonic compositional style continues through the six album tracks released so far. Part 2 begins with dramatic strings creating a sense of intrigue then a section featuring a complex, syncopated beat leads to a hard hitting Oliver Heldens-style future house beat. The music continually morphs and progresses, featuring Enigma-esque Gregorian lead vocals and vocal samples, along with some imaginative atmospheric touches. It’s another epic at eight minutes but reveals a wealth of detail upon repeated listens, including more bursts of wailing sax and guitar towards the end.

Re-Entre is much shorter at three minutes but continues the future house style, with a raw sounding low end synth driving the momentum. This is one of the more aggressive sounding tracks, with the powerful drums bringing to mind The Prodigy. The ascending high-end synth melody that emerges in the final section is inventive and effective.

The fourth part, Landing, is the longest track here at over nine and a half minutes but, once again, there is not a dull moment. Constantly shifting rhythmic patterns and interweaving melodies keep your attention gripped, contrasted by tender strings and filmic percussion. Indeed, there is a strong cinematic quality to the music, given added depth through the album’s stylistic concept. The middle section is essentially dubstep, featuring Skrillex-esque warped, swooping saw-wave synths.

There is a real sense of drama where we hear vocal samples of the moon landing set to a poignant orchestral passage, clearly a major moment. It then takes off again with quirky NRG-style riffs and a restless, punchy beat before breaking down to a spine chilling section of piano, guitar and the beatific female vocals of Nicole Dobrovolski. At the very end we hear the classic famous moon-landing line, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind“. Truly an epic journey and perhaps the centrepiece of the album.

Nicole Dobrovolski features heavily on the uplifting pop house track I’ll Be Watching You, which is the most easily accessible and instant track amongst the six available so far. The title hook is memorable and deployed in myriad ways, augmented by lush harmonies, over a bedrock of swirling synths and an irresistibly danceable house beat. A genuine potential radio hit.

On the sixth track A Little Step For A Man, she gives another fine vocal performance on this contemplative, sensitive song. The title refers once again to the famous Neil Armstrong quote yet from the halfway point, the vocals make way for an evocative, dreamlike instrumental section with just sparse percussion adding subtle drama. The revolving melodic patterns have a mesmeric quality, then the vocals returning for the final seconds creating a haunting effect.

Overall, these six tracks already constitute a wonderful listening experience which bodes well for the full release of this concept album. Gulliverb has found a way to breathe new life into an over-saturated genre through a natural gift for melody and structure, an innate musicality and close attention to detail. Although some of these tracks are of lengthy duration, they never meander or drag on. With its many musical intricacies, it is electronic music that will work both on the dancefloor and just for listening pleasure. It would only be apt and justified if this album about space travel sends Gulliverb’s success soaring into the stratosphere.

VERDICT = 9.3 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