Reviewed: Jesse Kuyé – You Have Been Listening To J. Tijn [Library Tool Kit via WNCL Recordings]

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Jesse Kuyé – You Have Been Listening To J.Tijn [Library Tool Kit via WNCL Recordings]

“So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, J.TIJN”

Marking an end to the era of J.Tijn, WNCL presents the last spiritual goodbye to the pseudonym on a definitive, tangible 10″format. Meaningful is the switch to Kuyé’s full name, hinting at not only the evolution in his career as artist, but also as a professional in the music industry. The London-based DJ/producer, with an amazing ear for any musical rhythm, connects to his roots in UK styles like Grime, UKG, and Jungle and mixes it up with techno, noise, ambient, and hardcore. With this, Jesse Kuyé lays down an assembly of non-standard weapons, aiming to challenge the perceptions and misconceptions of the listener on these genres.


Track list:

01: Roast
02: Zap
03: iPhone
04: On The Breadline
05: Blue
06: All Whey

07: Blockhead
08: Ten Z
09: CK
10: Nnet
11: Casserole 808
12: Magpie

All tracks on You Have Been Listening To J. Tijn are short skits, or “tools”, showing various possibilities of aforementioned genres, homegrown in Kuyé mind.

Roast, the intro to the A-side, goes head first into some proper vibes, setting the dangerous crime scene for what’s to come. Zap in turn is interesting, it seems to convert noise from a stereo to a Grime beat ready for some bars to be slapped on. On The Breadline is a lifesize ambient drawing of a musical landscape, slow, stretching far beyond the horizons. A surprising piece, knowing his older work, but then again: this release is not about his older work at all.

Moving to the B-side, we arrive at the basement bangers. Blockhead and Nnet, with their fat lo-fi approach, remind us of some Patricia output. Meanwhile Ten Z throws down a relentless industrial kick and drum, which quite frankly, might need to be turned into a track longer than 2 mins. Casserole 808 works that 808 into a groovy, hot rhythm throwing a fat wink to Dj Deeon and other Dancemania crew. Linking back to the track Roast, we find Magpie‘s innovative deconstruction of grime beats, with even the well known violin-type harmony included.


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