Seattle-based Jeff Samuel has always had a distinct ear for the funkier elements of house music and is famous for intelligent, nuanced DJ sets. After recording music for numerous different labels (Poker Flat, Lo-Fi, Trapez) Samuel offers a confident stylistic step forward, building on complex subtleties that never betray the beat at the forefront.
Awt’s title track reveals Samuel’s inclination towards funk, as a massive groove is created through the gradual addition of percussive elements. Samuel turns everything up a notch on “Heb.Gbz”, where the beats are heavier, almost jacking, and the impressive attention to detail is maintained via panning bursts of reverberation and seemingly endless rhythmic wiles. “The Zoop” offers some nostalgia, as squelching tones cleverly punctuate the off-beats of an 8-bit motif that could get anyone moving. “Moniss” has a more restrained take on previous themes, sacrificing neither their seriousness nor their playfulness; looping micro-melodies and treated synthesizers pop up in a charmingly haphazard arrangement.
“The Midwestern minimal maestro graces Spectral with four cuts of bubbling, bouncy goodness, as only he knows how. Building on his strong base of releases on Lo-Fi Stereo, Trapez, and Poker Flat, Jeff melds crisp, shuffling micro rhythms, warm blips and bass bleeps for headphone loungers and dancefloor lurkers alike. Top tunes as always.” -BPM
Jeff Samuel’s foray into electronic music began in 1995 when he first witnessed a DJ set by Detroit’s Claude Young in Columbus, Ohio. He was introduced to the city’s Ele_mental C...check out Jeff Samuel's page and other releases