Label: Systematic - SYST0015-2 • Format: CD Album Digipak • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic • Style: Electro, Tech House
Chelonis R. Jones sind nicht bescheiden. Heraus kommt ein Ausdruck, den nicht viele Kunstschaffende erreichen. Das Buffet ist angerichtet! Jones is a lo-fi legend, a straight-talking raconteur with his eye on the underbelly of society. The buffet metaphor is perfect, with each track bringing a different style to the party. The latter is a slow build with some neatly controlled dynamics, an electro-pop delight that is just rough enough around the edges.
Jones fled to Europe to pursue his dreams of becoming an artist. His unique style has led him collaborate with artists such as M. A multi-disciplinary practitioner whose own artwork often accompanies his musical releases, his pared down composition choices reward closer listening with lyrics that bring to mind Brooklyn band The Hold Steady.
Jones wants you to build Wooden Box - Immemorial - After Deny snacks out of your favourite tracks. Instead, you will be craving more. His new material feels even more raw and personal than his previous offerings, a gamble that has unequivocally paid off on this album.
The Prison Buffet is Chelonis' fourth album, and his second release for Systematic. The album spawns the sound we've come to know Chelonis for: throbbing deep house, electro bits, Ornette Coleman - Ornette On Tenor elements and the man's abstract, soulful, and sex-riddled vocals as its connecting factor. And if you've been keeping an eye on the man's releases over the past ten years, you won't be disappointed.
Wallbooming club tracks such as Pinwheel Piaf, the slightly psychotic The Irritant and Love Needs An Invoice walk comfortably hand in hand with more laidback tracks, although sinister electro stings and roaring synthesizer pulses are present in nearly every track. The crisp clear, envelope-pushing sounds in combination Middle Of The Night - Divine Horsemen - Devils River Chelonis' arty vocals make the Prison Buffet perhaps his best album to date, and a very rewarding purchase for those of you who are looking for hedonistic electronics.
Our verdict: Two thumbs up. The Prison Buffet has become a very original piece of work on The Incredible Sulk - Chelonis R Jones* - The Prison Buffet art aesthetics, electronics, and a tea spoon of pop form a remarkable and very cool combo. Definitely worth checking out.
Rating: 7. Twisted, yet simultaneously classy.
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