J*DAVEY – Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes pt.2

There’s not a lot of music I hear which totally blows my mind to the point of going crazy and wanted to blow the dust off of my two octave usb keyboard, and open up Logic for the first time in what feels like a millenium, but J*J*Davey has managed to do that with Evil Christian Cop.

Jack Davey x Brook D'Leau = J*Davey

If I'm to be totally honest I can't remember where I caught onto this but it must be the team over at JBC Global because I was surfing around their hive as I've been listening to LA Rap in heavy rotation. After downloading the tape I nearly deleted the muthafugga because the opening track was a cover of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Anyone that knows me fully will know that Nevermind's album status is the rock equivalent of classic albums; Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z), Frank (Amy Winehouse), Beats Rhymes & Life (A Tribe called Quest), Alright Still (Lily Allen), and Equilibria (Sabrina Malhieros), so any attempt to change anything on such an epic album or any of these whatsoever is a severe violation!

I quickly got over the violation when I heard Quicksand, my jaw literally dropped when I heard the weird synth which sounded like it had been tampered with to sound effortlessly cool and playful but the cherry on top of the cake was when Jack Davy sang the opening line:

I do it like quicksand,
Dontcha wanna get stuck with me?

Fair enough, I hear all of your groans and grumbles but you have to actually hear Jack bending her voice around the modulated and low frequency oscillated synth, it’s only then that you’ll understand the statement that’s being made; its an open invitation to have the magical stuff -butterflies, romance, affection, upon being honest at first so she doesn’t throw herself into a mess as she knows you want her but whether you love her or not is whether you get the goods. Follow?

So after having Quicksand, which narrates the theme of wanted to know whether someone wants more than the surface before you laid your cards out, Raincheck continues with sort of the part two to Quicksand. It’s a laid back contemplative track, smooth, containing lots of drifting synths against a slow steady rhythm section telling the tale of yearning for someone but trying to remain sensible in the mist of confusion.

It’s evident from the soundscape of Evil Christian Cop that J*Davey’s sound can be described as a combination of alternative hip hopalternative rocksoulelectronicafusionjazzpunkfunknew wave and R&B futurists. Growing up, Jack Davey was exposed to classic jazz and hints of late seventies jazz fusion before being introduced to the sound of the eighties with R&B and new hip-hop sounds whilst Brook D’Leau came up surrounded by new wave and pop-rock sounds by the way of PrinceRadioheadTalking Heads and The Police. At an early age Brook began to create interestingly melodic instrumental tracks in his father’s home studio after school and on the weekends for fun. It’s only befitting that Brook share his soundscape with us on the jerky rhythmic oscillation that is ‘Trans’. You can sit there listening trying to work out how he was able to get the rhythm so swung to the extreme and play in such fine order but some things must never be questioned I guess.

My favourite track on the release is definitely ‘Lazy Days’. It’s fun, pleasant, upbeat, synthy, and anthemic, it’s been the soundtrack to my movements whilst London’s been hit by the heat wave. I wish they had put the lyrics to this too because I love it that much and I’d really love to see some visuals for this ep!

Here’s how they described their release:

Evil Christian Cop was inspired by the dark undercurrents that exist in the phrase “To protect and serve.” As producer Brook D’Leau explains, “Why should we rely on an evil stranger to protect and serve when you have the power to protect and serve yourself?” The EP features co-production by Greg Wells (“Teen Spirit”), GB (“Lazy Daze”), and LA-based lyricist DefSound. Full of synths, alluring vocals, and distinct production, the seductive twosome provide a dreamy soundscape for listeners to lose themselves in. Jack Davey and Brook leave all interpretations up to the listener. “We cannot provide the message, we simply provide the mental playground for the listeners’ minds to go wild upon,” says Brook.

http://wearejdavey.com

K O

Next up is this guy, Def Sound, who featured on Quicksand…

Stay Tuned…

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