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RobJamWeb Roots & Elements E.P


RobJamWeb Roots & Elements E.P Black Riot Records

Review by Peter Hully June 2017


Paul, the US Garage obsessive at the centre of Mia Hanson-Love’s film ‘Eden’, describes the tone of his favourite music as being ‘halfway between melancholy and euphoria’.  Dance music and everything that goes with it can sometimes seem to exist solely as celebration, but the most compelling tracks – the ones that stay with you long after the dancing’s over – are those that push and pull between darkness and light. 



RobJamWeb’s ‘Roots and Elements’ EP on Black Riot demonstrates an innate understanding of this principle.   ‘House Muziq’ combines a soft bouncy bassline with a rising synth and urgent keys to create eight minutes of music that switches between eeriness and ecstasy.  The loon bird sample adds to the classic late eighties aesthetic, but the track’s lightness means that it’s not tethered to any particular period. 

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‘Heads Down At 5am’ has just enough energy to move a weary dancefloor, perfect for when the crowd starts to thin out and a calmness settles in.  A disembodied voice weaves in and out of the blocky bassline and haunting synths, declaring that the ‘darkness is calling me’.  Again, the track has a timelessness to it, and it brings back happy memories of the time I found myself alone at a Wiggle party because I refused to stop dancing.   

Taking things deeper, Derby local TrueSelf’s dub of ‘Heads Down At 5am’ strips it down to a sparse and spectral groove, letting things build slowly before they decay.   

With ‘Ghetto Laureate’, RobJamWeb shows his versatility as a producer.  Using ‘Dis Poem’ by  Mutabaruka (best known from Bobby Konders’ classic of the same name), he lays the sample over heavy afrobeat percussion, Rhodes keys and a subtle synth line, creating a wonderfully raw and organic sound.  The energy of the percussion means the track will find favour with the more energetic dancers, but it’s restrained enough not to deter the headnodders and toe tappers. 


Overall this is an EP of classy and thoughtful music that speaks to the head and the heart as much as it does to the feet. 

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RobJamWeb Roots & Elements E.P RobJamWeb Roots & Elements E.P Reviewed by Rob Webster on 05:46 Rating: 5

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