Jinyoki aka 2B (Drum and Bass)
Jinyoki uses a single computer to make his music. And listening to his tracks
it becomes immediately clear that he doesn't need the stacks of gear other
musicians do. Maybe I should sell some of mine ....
Although I think that there should be a lot of minimalism involved
in all DnB-tracks the variety of rhythms and sounds Jinyoki uses
keeps on surprising me without ever giving me the impression that
I'm listening to something that does not qualify to be called DnB
I never get bored listen to his beats nor do I get the feeling
that I have to disentangle myself from complex threads of percussive
sounds in which I get stuck after a while (this is what happens
if I listen to freestyle jazz and such like). There is a perfect
balance between what I've learned to expect in DnB and what surprises
me and keeps me interested.
So, let's say it out loud: this man is one hell of a percussionist.
I've never met him in person but as soon as I do I think my idea
about him being one of these people who are continuously tapping
fragments of rhythms on whatever comes within reach of their hands
will be confirmed.
If you listen closely to this track what you notice is that J
uses his percussive surprises only when and where they are needed.
He never overdoes it. So unlike dance tracks which seem to draw
their appeal more and more from overusing specific sounds and special
effects (Cher c.s.) J's music is based on cleverly applied diversity.
J has put a lot of his music on the net so I'd suggest you check
out his other tracks as well: http://mp3.com/jinyoki
1) It may take years
A bit dark, but not depressing, nicely paced superb piece of workmanship. I
think this track would do great at a party.
2) Turning Back
If you want to test your Bass speakers, this is THE track. While listening
to this even at a modest volume, wind was blowing through my hair from my
3) Wake up
This definately is my favourite track. Some 7 minutes of surprising ways to
use percussion. Not really a dance track but a great listening experience.
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