First Thoughts: Javonntte – Drumma

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The London based imprint return with their fifth release from Detroit born and bred native – Javonntte. During his career, which spans over 20 years, he’s been fortunate enough to work with some legendary producers like Blake Baxter, Amp Fiddler, and Andres. In more recent years he’s of focused more on his solo career and released a string of releases through labels such as, Traxx Underground, Quintessential and Kai Alce’s NDATL.

The inaugural track aptly named ‘Drumma’, gets straight into the Detroit house groove, with an encapsulating freestyle on the drums which makes full use of the drum kit setting the tempo early. The accompanying elements from the bassline, to the ethereal backing piano, and vocal line subtly build throughout the track giving it that amazing Detroit deep house style.

Jazzpianodance’ takes a slightly different turn with a broken style drum pattern seeping after a brief vocal line opening. Javonntte seemingly fuses he love for deep house and funk into a bouncier bassline and drum pattern which invigorates the track with more energy.

The B-side of the EP includes two of London’s most exciting electronic music producers, showing us their remix of Javonntte’s Jazzpianodance. Melbourne raised and now London based, Winters shows off a stripped back, silky rendition to the original. Whilst Touching Bass family, Romal Kultan delivers an impactful, high energy remix, with gradual broken percussion and breaks towards the end of the track as it develops.

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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