Jay Haze is one of the most respected figures in electronic music culture. With a diverse back catalogue of sounds that reflect an artist with boundless ideas and a global mentality, here Mr. Haze bestows a dynamic duo of cuts on Leftroom Records - from the epic disco funk of the a-side to a head-spinning slice of experimental jazz wizardry on the flip.
The Afro-Latin influences in ‘Datafunk In Your Ears’ shine through with the immediate tribal chorus that is juxtaposed with a stomping synth-laden, funk-ridden groove and acid bassline. Coming in at an epic twelve minutes, ‘Datafunk In Your Ears’ is set to entrance the party crowd at peak time with its spiraling odyssey of disco funk magic and is already getting hammered by the likes of Matt Tolfrey and the Visionquest crew.
The improvised flow, discordant horns and rumbling bass drum of B-side ‘Jazzy Head Tool’ is a derailing experience as Jay continues to push the boundaries of his musical style. Reflecting his open ears and open mind, Jay is challenging expectations here but also paying tribute to experimental jazz and funk ‘greats’ such as Arthur Russell. As ‘Jazzy Head Tool’ progresses, subtle shades of tension and drama rise out of the madness as delicate strings, sporadic keys, deep robotic voices and broken beats fight it out in their own refined orchestral battle.
Jay Haze is an action man and one on a mission to make a difference in whichever way he can through the power of music and its fans. The passion that positively emanates from his every move comes across just as clearly in his music as through his bountiful charity work. With a multitude of experience as a DJ, producer, and label-owner (Tuning Spork/ Contexterrior), Jay has released genre-spanning records and remixes on dozens of labels under a variety of pseudonyms such as Funkpony (for BPitch, Get Physical and Cocoon) and Sub Version (for Soul Jazz). The past few years has seen Jay the philanthropist drive numerous successful music-led charity projects including Toys & Needs across South America and Red Dot Relief - the dance community’s way of supporting the Japanese Earthquake crisis. Unmoved by financial gains, the spirited artist gave away his last album ‘Love=Evolution’ for free. Jay now lives in Peru, South America where he is concentrating on making new music.
‘Datafunk...’ will be the Leftroom release used at the Record Store Day Berlin, on Nov. 5th 2011, where it will be available exclusively on vinyl at a select shop in Berlin for one week.