Ronald Jenkees – Days Away
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Gone are the footloose and defancified extended jams of Disorganised Fun.
This will make no sense to you dear reader. How can this be? Isn’t busting out the jams with pure egoless passion the essence of the Jenkster, and what makes him the magnet for our stilted western world wearied digitally dominated souls? Alliteration.
Days Away harnesses the jam. The result? Much better chunes.
Instead of a “beat” and a “jam” there is a continuous landscape with themes born of jam weaving instead like thick constrictors in and out of the sinuous undergrowth, through dense urban jungles and fuzzy hybrid vistas.
Disorganised Fun had some absolutely fantastic jams (Remain in a State of Crunchiness or Projecting Combustion for example), but the backing beats were just that. If anything, for me at least, clinging on to the neo hip hop drum machine sounds is probably the rope bridge joining the past with the present. Me, I am truly thankful when beat makers cross this bloody bridge and discover hi hats and snares are not one dimensional instruments.
(In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to pontificate: Oh ye of little faith in natural drum sound! Throw away your shakers, unplug your sideband, scale back that compression from ‘BLUDGEON’ to ‘warm’ . For the lord has given us ears to hear between the almighty 1 and O)
Days Away takes a step forward and up and at ninety degrees to x,y,z and t. Which is how the pros do it. It may look like the jam spring was capped, but in fact it was instead somehow channelled underground… and the land is thriving.
You couldn’t find the old well if you tried. But why would you want to, if the land provides bounty and you never get thirsty?