Reviewed by Carl Glaser Source: (ink19)
Weather Report and Aphex Twin. Jean-Michael Jarre and Atari Teenage Riot. Not names I'd ordinarily associate, but in a few instances, Jega manages to bring these un-conceived pairings to mind. Jega, aka Dylan Nathan, is a protégé of Mike Paradinas, and according to British Press is a pioneer of the aptly-titled "drill 'n' bass" scene. "Red Mullet" has a jazzy swing to it that belies the electronic analog sounds powering the song. The subsequent "Nia" could easily
Because Jega has only produced some compilation tracks and a legendary, impossible-to-find lp on S.K.A.M., they have remained in undeserved obscurity. Thanks to Mu-Ziq's new label, they have released two new recordings. Sharp and quirky beats fusing techno, electro and 80's Euro-pop. Much appeal to fans of Autechre, Mu-Ziq, Aphex Twin and even Vince Gil. Stellar. Highly recommended.
After two Jega eps on Skam, Dylan J Nathan releases his first record on Mike Paradinas's Planet µ label. This one features four tracks in varying styles. The a1 is a dark squelchy electro cut with spacey synths and percussion that alternates between jazzy breakbeats & hip hop beats. During the hip hop segments there are dark synth lines and distorted vocal samples. The a2 is another dark electro cut with more of a retro or old skool flavor. It starts with lots of
Reviewed by Stephen Dalton (NME)
However ugly the term, drill'n'bass still sounds perfect for Dylan "Jega" Nathan and hisjarringly abstract machine-gun beat collages. Sometimes his ultra-precise work is easier to appreciate as engineering rather than music, but here he's fired up and on cracking form. Taken from his imminent "Spectrum" album, "Pitbull" is a layered confection of elegant cinematic melody, bruising hip-hop breaks and sense-shredding metallic junglism. The stealthy, spring-loaded clatter
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