Jet Set Productions is the solo project of Señor Suzuki of Shizuoka. His music began as the vocal/sax in ska band ‘Mustang A.K.A’ Making their major debut in 1990, their sound slowly morphed into electric dub under the influence of names such as Masssive Attack and Beats International, then in 1995 he started producing his own tracks as well as continuing as sax player for live band ‘Reggae Disco Rockers’ before being completely sucked into drum’n’bass on first listen in 1996, and even when playing live, it’s still the live drum’n’bass ‘session’ which forms the basis for Jet Set Productions. He joined Japanese d’n’b label Static for the first 2 releases in their ‘Magnetic Storm’ compilation series before releasing his first album, ‘Almond Eyed Man’ in 1999, featuring guests such as Japan’s leading female reggae vocal, Likkle Mai, as well as many other live players, skillfully combining programmed beats with live playing. This was followed by the deployment of a series of live d’n’b performances and remixes for diverse artists.
‘Bitter Sweet’ is a transformation as to seem to be from a different artist altogether. There are no ‘pure’ drum’n’bass tracks, but instead everything from deep house, live jazzy breaks, Afro-latin crossover tracks, rich, stringy vocal jazz, abstract dub and Afro-bossa-edged dubby reggae, every track presenting a different world, uniting and mixing many styles,yet without confusing them. At the same time, this proves Jet Set Productions’ commitment to music and in addition, the presence of UK trio Taxi’s Jo Laundy on vocals for 2 of the tracks adds an unmissable flavour to the album.
Edited by 3_teller_bitte on 12 Jan 2013, 13:16
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