Jega has been in the electronic scene from the mid ‘90s, having released albums on PLANET MU and here on Skam Records. He’s always produced warm, slowly pulsating electro and on this album, 1995, we return to the beginning with a collection of previously unreleased tracks from his debut. It’s a genuine slice of 1990’s electro and a gripping one at that.
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Remember when geeks on electronic music forums would have paid like £400 on ebay for a bog brush with a Skam braille sticker on? I probably would have, except I don’t think I’ve ever had a disposable £400 in my life. But those were the days eh! I’ve got a Skam sick bag somewhere but I’ve never chucked up in it. I might fill it up one day with a big a psychedelic yodel if my wife doesn’t improve her culinary skills.
If you’re nostalgic for those halcyon days of early Skam, Rephlex, Aphex, μ-Ziq etc. or were still a foetus at the time - then this collection of unheard tracks from Jega should do the trick. Dylan Nathon’s name often gets left out of the IDM history books, possibly due to the fact he’s not as prolific as the aforementioned producers, but old people like me can assure you that when he dropped his first couple of 12”s on Skam around 1996/ 1997 they went off like bombs. Recently he’s been working on that epic future/ sci-fi film so before that gets unleashed, now seems like as good a time as any to see what he got up to in 1995.
A lot has happened in electronic music since then, so these tracks obviously don’t really have the fresh and exciting impact they would have done at the time, but there’s still much to enjoy here. Infact fifteen tracks of his trademark lush melodies and skittering beats culled from cassettes and DAT’s. It’s interesting to hear a slightly rawer early sound that would later be developed and refined for his three albums on Planet Mu.
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