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Visionary house composer Jamal Moss records almost an hour of new, rawly expressive jakbeat psychedelia made at home in Chicago over the last few weeks for our series of recordings documenting sound at this moment in time.
After Sarah Davachi’s first instalment, ‘The Future Shock Chronicles Vol 1’ sees Jamal Moss charting the effects of what Alvin Toffler’s classic sci-fi tome ‘Future Shock’ defined as "too much change in too short a period of time”. Working live and direct in his patented style of encrypted rhythmelody, Jamal intuitively improvises 8 pieces that express a timeless sense of melancholy and elusive optimism thru modern technology, drawing on a cosmically thoughtful spirit that links back to Sun Ra via Ron Hardy and Chris & Cosey.
The mood drifts from panicked and perplexed electro-jazz in ‘Future Shocked’, to exasperated, ominous in ‘2 Much Change In a 2 Short Period of Time’ with thanks to Jamal’s wickedly jazz-wise grasp of emotive ambiguity. Weaving his arps and drum patterns with a practically peerless fluidity, he oscillates a gnawing sense of industrial dread with glistening, hyper jazz notes in ‘Power Shift Engagements’ and ‘2 Psychological State of Entire Societies’, while ‘Informational Overload’ feels to emulate the queasiness of near-addiction to 24 hour news streams in its decayed electro pulse and needling arps, and the grotty acid slap of ‘Social Paralysis’ seems like a grimly rictus daily workout with cold warehouse reverb readied for your lockdown cell raving.
You can trust Jamal Moss is always a lightning rod for the heaviest energies and his take on the world’s current state of disequilibrium is as charged and vital as you should well imagine. Hail to the Sun God and his eternally life-affirming music over any of the false idols and lunatic prophets out there right now.