After a few years releasing on his own Raw Tapes label, Israeli producer Rejoicer has struck beatsmith gold and signed for Stones Throw. However, Energy Dreams could just as easily have cropped up on Brainfeeder, such is the similarity to Daedelus and mid-period FlyLo. Funky, jazzy, hip-hoppy electronica of the sort that never goes out of fashion.
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Good job I listened past the first track here as there's golden sounds to be found within. Rejoicer is the latest to be signed to the pretty much always great Stones Throw and this is a lovely album of mainly instrumental electronica which is heavily influenced by psychedelic jazz and funk. But not in an endless solo kind of way - the inflections are more in the feel of the music rather than showing off how many notes you can play. It has a lovely summery vibe that recalls such great albums as Taylor McFerrin's 'Early Riser' or Daedelus. The sound is so beautifully thick. These are luxury synths enveloping the ear with sound and swirling all over the 'phones. The melodies are sunny day blissful with big low end bass holding it altogether.
If Fly Lo's jazz obsession is getting a bit much for you this album harks back to simpler times where watery synths over staggering chilled out beats was enough and the influence came from grabbing the sun-dappled feel of the old school psych jazz types rather than out solo-ing them. Gorgeous stuff throughout. Colour me impressed.
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