Boomkat Product Review:
Jay Haze's new album 'Love for a Strange World' has the potential of making a similar impact on the oft insular vocal-led genre of electronica as Don Redman had on jazz back in the 1920's. For just as Redman's inclusion of orchestration spun jazz off into an entirely new orbit, Haze has approached the spectre of soulful singer-songwriting with a digital backdrop and dismantled it from within. Hugely indebted to the Prince-modifications of the awesome supercollider, haze launches this demented album with the bruisingly confessional 'The Troubles I've Seen', utilising a chart baiting chorus delivered in strangled falsetto as his bedrock then constructs a vibrating set of digital beats that somehow manage to be both thrillingly insistent and utterly intimate. Next up is the off-kilter digital funk of 'Easy Life' which, through it's precision and lothario lyrics, could happily act as a dark-hearted companion piece to the machine-fuelled funk of your dreams. More than willing to share the spotlight, 'Appreciate' sees Haze drafting in De:xter on vocals to deliver a twisted vocal gymnasium of ups and downs, augmented throughout by some pleasingly itchy beats that go to show a personal statement filtered through electronica can strut if it wants to! The best release on Kitty Yo for an absolute age and a wonderful career development from one of the Techno community's most admired producers - set to be massive. Buy!