What's this? House's rising star Jay Daniel is releasing a full album? I'd say that he's risen to new heights, but his house is deep. Deep down low in smoky basements. The smoke has been upped on this one, with an emphasis on jazzier vibes that stray pretty far from the dangerous lounge territory, retaining natural drum sounds, rhodes-esque keys and vocal percussion - yet still so danceable.
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Gotta be the worst title of all time but who are we to pass comment on dreadful puns? Interesting story: Jay Daniel got fed up with staring at his computer all day trying to sort beats out so he shut the damn thing down went over to his mums basement and picked up his old drum sticks to lay down beats he could use to create some of his wibbly house music. 'Yemaya' showcases the lovely combination of the shuffling beats and the evocative funky synth wibbles. The beats help make a grainier form of house that has a home made appeal..even the bass lines and the rhodes piano have a insouciant feel as if he were just trying things out. This style creates atmosphere as there are space between the grooves and it's not as tightly clipped as most house music.
'Squeaky Maya' is made up of similar elements with a (yes) squeaky lead synth wandering away over a hesitant stuttering tracks. Loveliest of all 'Paradise Valley' uses warm rhodes piano over insistent percussion and builds beautifully especially when warm bass is added. Everything here patiently builds, often minutes pass by with just a simple drum pattern in evidence. The minimalist approach to composition leads to some frustration at times and you can yearn for some meat on the bones but it's an experimental form of funky and jazzy house with a unique home produced feel.
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