DOPE JAMS NYC VOL.1 : 2005-2012 "ADDENDUM #2" (JUNE / BEIGE / TEAL / MENTAL INSTRUM)

DOPE JAMS NYC VOL.1 : 2005-2012 "ADDENDUM #2" (JUNE / BEIGE / TEAL / MENTAL INSTRUM)
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While continuing in the spirit of Dope Jams NYC Volume 1: 2005-2012, which compiled some of the shop’s most cherished tracks from its seven-year run in Brooklyn, the collection’s second addendum EP moves partially beyond the title’s timeframe – pulling together a couple of the store’s more recent favorites since its 2013 reopening upstate, along with two older gems from its Myrtle Ave days.

Kicking things off is a full-sided pressing of aptly titled techno stormer “Direct Contact.” Bursting forth with a no nonsense, party rockin’ swagger, Greek producer June’s blistering monster of a tune swiftly unleashes an arsenal of arpeggiated synths, jackin’ percussion and out-of-nowhere flourishes with the single-minded purpose of movin’ the crowd.

Gracing the B-side are a trio of selections that occupy far moodier terrains. “Imprints,” the lead-off track from T.E.A.L.’s debut LP Cuttings, is a fine example of Dope Jams’ long-held but largely overlooked penchant for dark and dynamic ambient musics. Heavily textured with ripping distortion and space-enhancing tape delay, the piece offers up a brief yet haunting dispatch from a doomed and desolate mind-state. 

In a more upbeat vein, “Music on My Mind” looks back almost 25 years to the creative apex of Garden State garage royalty Smack. Operating under their Mental Instrum alias, the low-profile production unit crafts an elegant blend of feather-light chords and bumpin’ kicks to firmly underscore guest collaborator Storm’s sincere vocals.

Fittingly capping the record is “Blast Knuckles,” the first completed – and hitherto unreleased – track by Dope Jams friends Beige. Rawly produced yet intricately layered, it sketches a fleeting picture of the unique style of lo-fi deep techno the duo developed over the course of their woefully brief partnership.

 
 

   
Tracklisting
Side A.  
1. June - Direct Contact
 
Side B.    
1. T.E.A.L. - Imprints
   
2. Mental Instrum - Music On My Mind  
3. Beige - Blast Knuckles  

 
   
Artist Title  
DOPE JAMS NYC VOL. 1 : 2005 - 2012 - ADDENDUM #2  
     
Label Cat.#  
DOPE JAMS DJ.579  
     
Year Format  
2017 12"  
     
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