|The Jazzy Mission
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Recorded, Mixed & Engineered at Frequency X Studios, NYC
- Rights Society: ASCAP
- Edited 8 years agoWhat is deep house? The answer could be found here on this unassuming record, release on NYC label Magnet Sounds, an imprint of Magnet Records. Seemingly released as just one of a string of records to come out of a working partnership between three unsung producers - Joe Turri, Ray Castoldi and Ricky Wang, each of these records explores mellow, jazzy territories. Not influences all that prevalent in what is generally perceived as “deep house” in 2015.
Beginning the first side is The Jazzy Mission, a standalone track on a record that otherwise fleshes out a set of three tracks from a small set of sounds. It’s a bright sort of affair, making great use of loops that never seem to be fighting against each other, rather weaving around each other with dexterity. Every few bars or so this loopy action is punctuated by ascending synth stabs that serve to create an uplifting, jovial track that wouldn’t be out of place in the mellow deejay’s record bag. Up next is Generator, something of a personal favourite for me. It’s the first of three tracks on this recording making use of some tense, dark chords as a central element. This variant serves as an ambient, beatless piece, with some considered arpeggiating synth and Amazonian chants giving off a esoteric, tribal vibe. It’s imposing - more so than the two b-side tracks. It almost seems a shame it’s just shy of two minutes and thirty seconds - much too short for this meditative track.
The B-side is a further exploration of the sound palette initially outlined on Generator, albeit in more dance oriented directions. Dub Generator states it’s intentions immediately, wasting no time in propelling infectious dance floor energy - of course, by the name it’s stripped back; while the ambient chords are still there, they rest further back in the mix. This cut is the most dance-able of the lot - it’s intentions are clear. Whilst that intent is still prevalent on Love Generator, this second b-side track strikes a balance between the jazzy, movement-inducing momentum of the dub and the spacey, new-age tinge of the A2 track, traversing an interesting journey through sound that could work equally well in or outside of a club environment.