Effects Of Elevation
Review by Thomas David
Jazz musicians that make electronic music walk a tenuous path for a creative outlet. The risk of being labeled a smooth jazz musician must be considered for it can be the death of you. Smooth jazz doesn’t appeal to dancing young kids and adults, OR any jazz aficionado. Jonah Dempcy is a jazz trained musician attempting to walk that tenuous path while also committing what many would consider a marketing mistake... he’s giving away his music. Society derives value from what something costs (not my theory, talk to my economics teachers) so giving away these three songs says they are worthless. Wrong. There is nothing that breaks any boundaries in these three songs but the first two songs are good dance music and the last song was a surprising twist. The first track, the original, features pedigreed jazz bassist Matthew Garrison who drives the track with a fairly lyrical rhythm for what is basically a break-house beat. The drum programming sounds are clean and crisp but some parts sound cliché. The rest of the song jams around those parts, mostly, with talk-box and piano leads. This makes me want to see them live at a festival so I can dance with a sarong-wearing dready girl. The second remix is a harder house version by Citizen Prime. The beat hits pretty hard but not mind-numbing hard-house style. It’s a remix of the other so piano leads and talk-box return to whirl around the beat. I picture hearing this at a club with someone like Scott Henry DJing and me dancing with a dready girl in really big pants. The last version is by Sevenless. It starts with a dark, slow hard-house beat which leads into TDS-era Nine Inch Nails-sounding synths that fill any empty space. The beat shuffles and deconstructs itself continually until the song ends with a floor-tom and kick-drum lead into a quiet piano epilogue. Its danceable “industrial” that I hope to hear at a fetish party while dancing with some multi-pierced dready girl. Notice the pattern? Dance music that makes me want to dance (i.e. good).
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