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Broken Knowz

by Jay Daniel

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Edward Record of the year. Jay Daniel nails it with tracks such as Paradise Valley, which like the rest of the album, is a textured future classic. A soulful spirit is present throughout the album and the live drum sounds add another dimension to what amounts to a rich and cohesive album. Traces of the beauty I heard years ago on his remix of Four Tet's Aerial are still here. And now with more musical and life experiences, the artist has painted us a masterpiece.
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michael sellner Hey how you doing. love your music but haven't received my cd yet.. Been about two months.
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Camryn Marquez It's so refreshing to hear techno that has such an organic sound and that is so sparse. These beats really capture a rawer, more distilled essence of techno. It's undeniably techno but a techno that doesn't stagnate at the crossroads of highly processed drums and synthesizers; it pushes further: it has gathered from the original beat machine-- the pitter-pattering of hands, murmurs of the mouth hole, and beatings of sticks on animal skins-- and crafted an organic and primordial version. Favorite track: Knowledge Of Selfie.
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Jay, now 25 years old, has become one of the leading artists in the latest generation of Detroit electronic music-makers. In the five years that he has been on the scene, he has released the “Scorpio Rising EP” on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature Records, “Karmatic Equations” on Kyle Hall's Wild Oats Music, and featured on Funkineven’s “Abyss”, all the while gig-hopping from New York to London, Japan to Australia and all points in between. In 2015, Jay took it to the next level with the foundation of his own record label Watusi High, releasing the inaugural EP: “School Dance”.

"Broken Knowz" signals a departure from Jay’s previous output. Disillusioned with the constraints of drum programming and the associated deficiencies translating human feeling or emotion; he retreated to his mother’s basement, picked up his drumsticks and started recording into a multitrack mixer for the first time. This was key for Jay, as he knew he wanted the album to sound more live, more natural, and more human. Consequently, ‘Paradise Valley’, ‘Boolin’, ‘Yemaya’ and lead track ‘Knowledge Of Selfie’ are founded on loose-knit, shuffling breaks with Jay’s signature keyboard runs marauding over the top. Refreshingly exposed and overtly reliant on the sheer weight of the grooves, it’s a mighty debut from a young man seemingly oblivious to the weight of expectation associated with the pantheon of music-makers hailing from his hometown.

“Broken Knowz” is only the third longplayer on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint which has delivered a string of exceptional leftfield club music EPs from Florian Kupfer, Legowelt, Nathan Melja, NY*AK, U and superb albums from Levantis and Hieroglyphic Being.


released October 25, 2016



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