Another day and another debut here at Tram22. This time Kevin Lipmans’s alias Jade Wells delivers three heavyweight tracks on Staring At The Sun, a new label that fosters eclecticism. All the tracks have obvious influences and could easily fall under the umbrella of several genres however this EP is more an expression of Kevin’s interpretation of the Los Angeles music scene; having taken much inspiration from the sounds of Hessle Audio, Livity Sound and Hyperdub.
Kicking off this EP is Staring at the Sun: a mellow, breaks orientated track centred around its exuberant Kalimba sounds. The drum programming is something to be admired and is complimented by Jade’s choice of anchoring sub bass and spacey synth; a superb introduction to the labels ethos and sound. Next up is Full Circle Master a tighter track with a dubbier vibe to it. This one is all about the evolving, dreamy synths which combine into something rather hypnotic, the musical influences here are quite apparent.
The B side Austah brings a close to the record in meditating fashion, the half time rhythm, catchy hook and dark dubby vibe result in a track which ultimately captures the Jade Wells sound; euphoric breaks which are good to dance to and sound big on a system.
From the music that is pressed onto the 180 grams of heavyweight vinyl, to the artwork produced by Karen Change, to the hand pressed wax seal; Staring At The Sun deliver a debut like no other and is one for the vinyl enthusiasts and DJs alike.