The creation of JA remains the stuff of lore: crafted over an 11-day period upon relocating to New York City, tracks sequenced and numbered by the order of their creation, immediatetly following a 4-hour MPC crash course with no previous producer's experience with the console. While at its core a beat tape, j inthename's unique, virgin approach yields a convex hip-hop through lenses of dada and expressionism. JA is rooted in an earthly focus, seeking dirt and grit in its raw sketch-like feel, with incidental artifacts from the tape performance shaping the compositional outcome. Subtle echoes of a native spirit, at times evoking an atmosphere akin to entheogenic ceremony, give way to the raw mysticism of fusion and drone seeping up to the surface. j also spends his time playing drums for Sonnymoon & others, and like his drumming, the most surprising thing here is the minimalist strength of his perspective.
released 18 February 2014
All tracks produced by J. Welch
Engineered by M.J. Thomas III
Mastered by M.J. Thomas III & P. Loggins at JASS West