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Cherry-picked soul, funk, R&B and astral jazz joints wrapped up in cosmic electronics and mythology. An expertly sequenced mix by Swiss DJ Sassy J, following online sessions for RA and Dekmantel and a 2014 tape for TTT
“For the 13th mix in this series, Sassy J finds inspiration in the “Fruit of Life,” a system of information found in Sacred Geometry. It consists of a structure of 13 circles that is said to contain the blueprint of the universe. Its 13th circle is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the network and, more widely, the universe. It acts as a gateway to higher dimensions and a catalyst for healing.
The music in this mix exudes spirituality. As a constructed piece, it’s a tapestry that weaves together broadcasts, interludes, songs, and poems. Echoes of horns mingle with a distant message of the cosmos as Sassy J invites us into a world from which we do not want to leave. Indeed, it doubles up as a map that marks Sassy J’s place in a universe that is held together by her singular thread.
The overriding mantra of "You gotta have freedom, you gotta have peace and love” marks the end of the musical journey and corresponds to the principle contained in the 13th sphere. It rings with poetic meaning and speaks to the values she espouses so uncompromisingly. What I have always admired most about Sassy J is her unwavering commitment to a musical vision. The music she invokes belongs to a Space Age of astral jazz explorations and sonic paths that lead to a higher state of consciousness. It is music that is born out of pain but which offers redemption; both serious and supremely uplifting.
In the act of curation, Sassy J is proposing an alternative history, one where style isn't as important as leveraging meditative states and the spirit behind the sounds. Because Sassy J refuses to stay in one place and treats music as a set of recurring melodic shapes, the very texture of this mix is defined by transition, process, and flow. It seems to say that art is the only thing that exists beyond death. As a beam of sunshine floods through my window the music glistens out to the street beyond. Caught in a dance with the rays of sunlight, it reminds me of how music is a journey and a destination all of its own.”