Review: Martin 'Atjazz' Iveson continues to celebrate notching up two decades in deep house, this time via an expanded reissue of his largely overlooked 1999 debut album, That Something. The album originally appeared on DIY Discs offshoot DIYersions, and saw Iveson combining his love of tactile, atmospheric deep house with jazzy keys, and the kind of sublime synthesizer sounds he later explored more extensively on 2001 full-length Labfunk. This reissue contains two discs of obscure and previously unheard bonus material. CD2 contains unreleased archive material recorded between 1995 and '98 - including some especially good downtempo gear - while CD3 features alternative versions, bonus cuts from 12" singles, and a smattering of tasty remixes. That it all still sounds fantastic is testament to Iveson's impeccable production skills.
Review: UK nu-jazz/broken beat Maestro Martin Iveson aka Atjazz returns with more properly soulful and emotive deep house music on his new epic "Tear". Featuring all the hallmarks of his idiosyncratic sound, the original features soothing melodic tones, intricate rhythm arrangements and an all-round evocative feel. On the B side are two terrific remixes: UK producer Soulfuledge serves up a dreamy and hypnotic rework that will mix in well with your All Day I Dream/Tale + Tone records. Iveson looks further North to Peacey as he delivers an ethereal and sensual remix equally suited to all the daydreamers out there.
Review: Originally released back in 2018, this collaboration between UK broken beat/nu-jazz pioner Martin Iveson aka Atjazz and rising South African deep house star Jullian Gomes was featured on their full length album Big Bad Crazy. The track in focus, "Love Me" in its original form is a glassy-eyed and heartfelt affair, accentuated by immersive dub chords and powerful symphonic arrangement. It gets the Kaytronik treatment on this 12", and if the name sounds familiar that's because it's the alias of legendary Baltimore producer Karizma. A side houses the stripped down and hypnotic "Kaytronik Difibrillator Dub" that works those orchestral sounds really well against dusty barebones rhythms, while "Kaytronik Difibrillator Beats" on the flip sees him serve up a handy and functional bass-driven dub for DJ use.
Review: Atjazz chief Martin Iveson teams up with South African producer and label staple Jullian Gomes for a collection of sublime hi-tech soul expressions on the second part of the Big Bad Crazy album. It follows on five years after their exceptional debut collaboration The Gift The Curse and 'points out the broken state of our world, and .. the ongoing struggle to make it through the pain.' Indeed, they're all emotive offerings here: from the life-affirming daydream fantasy of "Decoded", the perfect chord progressions on "Don Esquire" (sure to get everybody's hands in the air) right through to the mysterious dancefloor drama of "Love Me". Here's to hoping it's not another five years before the pair choose to collaborate once more.
Review: It's been six years since Martin "Atjazz" Iveson started mentoring South African producer Jullian Gomes, and five since they last released any collaborative material. Perhaps they shouldn't have left it so long, because the material showcased here is exceptionally good. The standout for us is undoubtedly breezy soulful deep house jam "It's My Time", though EP opener "Daggers Drawn", a suitably symphonic and musically complex cut that pairs atmospheric orchestration and electronics with a snappy, tech-house beat, is almost as inspired. Elsewhere, "Blow By Blow" is a spacey and woozy number rich in broken house beats, and "The Pursuit" is a swinging, triple time workout that draws heavily on Gomes' South African heritage.
Review: Back to 2006: Chris Clayton's mid-noughties lesson in deep house class still hits home with precision. Subtle, jazzy but heavy and insistent, it now comes complete with fresh updates from Atjazz and Yoruba Soul. The former adds more atmospheric layers and percussion that compounds the sense of hypnosis while the latter takes us right back to the NYC 1990 with a lavish 10+ min, subtly dubbed excursion. Tech no imitations.