Jay Daniel – ‘Broken Knowz’
In the five years since his emergence, his carefully considered output with releases like the “Scorpio Rising EP” on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature Records, “Karmatic Equations” on Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats Music, and the formation of his own record label Watusi High has propelled Jay Daniel to one of the leading artists in the latest generation of Detroit electronic music-makers. .
Now 25 years old his upcoming album “Broken Knowz”, on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint signals a departure from his 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. 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 it’s a mighty debut album from an artist seemingly oblivious to the weight of expectation associated with the pantheon of music-makers hailing from his hometown.
Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley, taken from ‘Broken Knowz’ released 25th November 2016 via Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint.