‘Heart’ is visual artist Jesse Kanda’s first musical release. “OK, here is my humble attempt to try and put these songs in context .. to reflect and describe what they mean to me : ‘Axolotl’ is like a chant for giving it your best try.
‘Womb’ is maybe like the moment you’re out and you hear the world unmuffled.
‘Wings’ is like a conversation .. maybe with yourself, maybe between two aspects of you, or with another spirit.
‘Feline’ is sensual like a courtship. ‘Heart’ is losing someone you love and your self. And on the sound of these melodies : My work might sometimes be coated with a layer of sharp pain like a blade to the eye or ears.
But at the heart of it is always love, compassion, empathy. I think this coating is created to protect itself, like the walls of a womb, or armour. the same way that what’s within us can protect itself and can be hard to crack.
It’s kinda in my nature to always try and turn this stuff inside out and expose it. Each of the songs on this EP have this quality. The melodies are treated to cut you like a serrated knife. But hopefully they are beautiful enough that you’d want to listen anyway. Thank you.”
DJ Taye is welcomed back to Hyperdub for his second EP on the label after last year’s popular ‘Break It Down’ EP and a North American tour with Jessy Lanza. The ‘Move Out’ EP is a masterclass in a distinctly soulful, dusky footwork sound with a melancholic undercurrent that’s crossed with a precise eye for detail.
‘Burnin Ya Boa’ ft DJ Manny opens the EP with a crisp, micro-edited arrangement of tumbling piano, dubbed out chants and a heart-tugging woodwind melody playing hide and seek with racing, ever-changing footwork drum and bass patterns.
‘Go 2 Sleep’ ft DJ Earl rolls with a narcoleptic woody percussion loop, and a vocal urging “Please go to sleep”, a request which is challenged with drill sounds, rave stabs, energetic footwork drums, and soft bass tones.
The super minimal ‘I Need I Want‘ ft DJ Manny & DJ Spinn takes a house acapella and spins it into something more urgent and compulsive, the vocalist’s insistent, addicted pleas met with a downcast, tumbling melody.
‘Move Out’ ends the EP on a brighter note, with big Detroit techno chords and a warm Moog-like solo-cum-melody.
The ‘Move Out’ EP is just a taster for the avalanche of new DJ Taye material forthcoming in 2017.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Burnin Ya Boa (ft. DJ Manny) 2. Go 2 Sleep (ft. DJ Earl)
Side B: 1. I Need I Want (ft. DJ Manny & DJ Spinn) 2. Move Out
DVA’s new album ‘NOTU_URONLINEU’ marks a strong and brave turning point for his music.
Made with the [Hi:Emotions] moniker that DVA has used for a number of remixes in the past, ‘NOTU_URONLINEU’ is very different from what you might know him for, both in its darkness and its abstract ambitions, but the detail and quality of the music is primed to win over new fans.
The rhythmic brilliance and use of space that have given his dance floor recordings their distinct character have mutated and undergone re-assembly into deeper and darker shades. A more pronounced ‘off grid’, improvised character has seeped in, lending the record a looser feel to previous work, as if intuition guides it rather than club practicalities.
The album was made under some new self-imposed conditions; of the recording process, DVA says ‘I realised before making this album I was most happy when listening to music in the dark like I did when I was at school. So I decided to record the whole album in the dark too’.
Along with this, the album hints at themes of online alienation, confusion, control and domination, and is peppered with hints of faux-therapeutic advertising and psychotic jingles - a reflection of the stress of online life.
Of the themes, DVA says ‘The album project comes from a short visual story set in a time where a mega corporation named H:E / Hi:Emotions is slowly taking control of everything, and planning to eventually make all people live life under one brand in virtual reality. ‘NOTU_URONLINEU’ puts you at the start of that journey.