Boomkat Product Review:
A leading light of contemporary, deep Detroit house, Jay Daniel drops the drum machines for more personalised breakbeats and vibes in his sterling debut album.
Broken Knows is testament to Daniel’s restlessly searching spirit, resulting from his search for unique grooves which ran into a conceptual dead end with drum programming and pushed him to pick up the sticks and keys and start recording himself thru a proper mixing desk in his mother’s basement.
Whilst his grooves for Sound Signature, Wild Oats, Apron, and, most recently, his own Watusi High label, have always demonstrated a killer feel for off-centre rhythms, the drum machine clearly wasn’t ductile enough for his wants. Therefore Broken Knowz presents a sound much closer to his personal ideals.
As heard in the lead single, Knowledge of Selfie the results come as close as any to the original West London broken beat sound of Dego/Cousin Cockroach, with deep highlights for the ‘floor in the percolated shuffle of Squeaky Maya and the tucked bustle of Niiko, but overall this is an album for vibing out pre- or post-party, thanks to its unhurried but insistent flow and predilection for lots of space in the mix.