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"
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
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,
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