KJELL – THE POSIONOUS EP
Blu Saphir sister label, Digital Blus did such an exceptional job with Fluxem on Digital Blus 001, that they decided to come back with twice the ammunition from stateside newcomer, Kjell on the Poisonous EP. Four tracks of bassline-driven, melodic drum & bass spell out the formula for this magnificent release. Those who enjoyed Muffler’s Remix of “I Try” should definitely look into purchasing this one.
A. BOUNCED TAB
B. GREEN EYES
D. THE SWONZ SPEAKS
This track is exactly as its name implies, bouncy. Definitely for the dance floor, Kjell puts a bit of the modern jump-up sound into the standard melodic drum & bass you’d come to expect from a Blu Saphir release.
One of my favorites on the EP! There’s so much going on in this track – deep pads, articulate drums, warm symphonies and a vocal that just seems to bring the whole thing together. I’m not even a minute into the track, and already I want to dance to the heavens.
Soothing pads and chubby drums bring in this splendid tune. A brilliant female vocal drops the track into a plethora of mixed brass sounds. Putting out a little something for the old skool heads, this track surely encompasses the older jazzy/Metalheadz style that’s become so prominent over the years, and while it sounds like the vocal is saying “the feel is gone,” it’s definitely not! Take a listen and judge for yourself.
THE SWONZ SPEAKS:
I keep thinking about how I should fly home to Chicago and get my trombone. This track calls for a solo! Opening with a seemingly flawless synth improvisation, an atmospheric saxophone is heard in the distance. At first listen, this track seems to carry the same vibe as the rest of the EP… That’s until the gritty bass comes in. It’s not overpowering though. Kjell balances out the hard/melodic elements as if he were a Zen master. Gotta big up the man! He’s relentless!