It's one of the most interesting hook-ups in modern house music, and it's yielded an album that will tickle ears and tease bodies for some time to come. They may live well over 10 000km apart, but the beat brotherhood between UK house legend Atjazz and SA's most promising young producer, Jullian Gomes, is clear to hear.
Taken from - Atjazz "Does This Qualify?" EP on Atjazz Record Company. You'd be forgiven for thinking Atjazz has been pretty much omnipresent in the last few years -- remixing a plethora of artists, recording collaborative tracks with a who's who of quality dance music producers, not to mention nurturing new artists on his Atjazz Record Company imprint. Yet the question he has been asked most is "when will there be any new Atjazz material?" Well, Martin Iveson aka Atjazz is back with an answer, albeit in the form of questions of his own with this 3-song release... The first song/question posed "Does This Qualify?" sees Atjazz digging deep into his love of jazz & dance as way of an answer. "Well, Does It?" reiterates the question. This recording shares the same message yet flows into what is widely known these days as 'Deep House' rolling out electronic hats and kicks yet keeping his usual soft centered sound. His last question is directed at the listener and also to himself -- "Happy Now?" Easy there Martin we say. We're guessing you've had this release pent up in that head of yours for some time. "Yes!" he answers. "People have asked me over and over for new Atjazz material and with my label and artist obligations I just haven't had a moment for myself, so now it's done are we happy now?"...
Here to Stay is taken from the album 'The Gift The Curse' Martin Atjazz & Jullian Gomes have put together what is an incredible electronic dance album accompanied by some of the industries most sought after vocalists. An album born out of their love of music, this block of well-crafted work oozes honesty and forward thinking. Not being bogged down with industry demands. They have made an album that Martin describes as 'us on a plate'. The styling behind this sonic masterpiece begins with an instrumental song entitled 'Poor Man', a song reflecting the hardships of surviving on making emotional and deep dance music. Then we're straight into the vocal realm with 'Philosophy', this soulful slider with vocals performed by Osunlade outlines the difficulties in relationships within the music industry and further afield when people maybe not be sharing the same 'Philosophy'. From soulful vocal drenched songs such as 'Turn Back To You' featuring house hero Robert Owens play through, we start to really get a grounded feel to what this album is about, 'Two guys making music for the right reasons'. Dark and edgy songs like 'White Rose' & 'Overshadowed' seem to complete this technically polished album and whatever you like about house music, you'll find something here for your taste. An incredible electronic body of work which tells an emotional story, of both Atjazz & Jullian Gomes' lengthy journey through this musical jungle.
Si Tew Official Pre-album EPK. Simon talks about his influences pre-album launch. An interesting fellow! “A very talented young man from middle England with an unquenchable thirst for Electronic music!” Martin Iveson (Atjazz)
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