C-Jay…while his name will resonate with some readers, he has been arguably more synominous with another, different scene.|
- ADEM Part 1 - [10:39]
- ADEM Part 2 - [9:12]
- ADEM Part 3 - [9:17]
- ADEM Part 4 - [8:48]
- ADEM Part 5 - [8:18]
- ADEM Part 6 - [12:55]
- ADEM Part 7 - [4:11]
- ADEM Part 8 - [6:11]
C-Jay has been a producer/composer and DJ since the age of 11. This talented musician found inspiration from Tangerine Dream and Vangelis. His childhood was characterised by tweaking knobs and sliding faders, conjuring up ethereal melodies on a variety of old skool synth gear. Since those formative years, one core theme has remained – synthesizers.
In the early 2000s, a shift occurred, one which may have gone unnoticed with the wider synth community. C-Jay morphed his musical output into a stronger, rhythm dancefloor approach, and suddenly was at the forefront of an exploding dance music scene. he owned a record store, a record label and found himself in demand as a DJ, playing all over his native Holland and then around the world.
Whilst never losing his musical roots, C-Jay’s music had become more upbeat, never neglecting those ethereal melodies and textures, layered sounds with buckets of emotion, in a genre known as progressive house. C-Jay’s dexterity in the studio within this new found sound saw him reach the pinnacle of the dance scene – he released two albums on British DJ/producer’s John Digweed’s highly acclaimed Bedrock records in 2016 - BackSlider and Echoes.
Now, C-Jay’s latest album entitled ADEM sees this talented Dutchman return to his first love – synth inspired sounds. He completes the circle with a stunning piece of work which crosses boundaries in a spectacular way, described as a mixture of Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze, Jean Michel Jarre and many more legendary synth inspired artists.
ADEM is like listening to the classic sequence works of Klaus Schulze and a love baby between Cafe Del Mar and The Orb.
This is C-Jay at his best, his return to his beloved roots for a deeply personal journey.
This is ADEM
Is Groove taking a psybient turn where the forms of down-tempo are struggling in a universe of multi-colored sound hoops and white noises? Regardless, this is another very unexpected surprise! From sounds and sound effects that grow like ink stains on blotting paper, ADEM has gradually developed a real obsession with me. Already at the first listen, when I reached the heart of the album, the syndrome of; I have to listen again takes a hold of my senses. I knew then that my friend Ron had struck a great blow. On this side of the globe, it's called a homerun! Who is C-Jay? Christian Jansen is a Dutch musician-DJ with a Dance-music style focused on sequencer movements that literally flirt with the Berlin School. To this level, I advise you to listen to Backslider to understand. He has a few albums to his credit, including this ADEM which appeared on Replug Records. This Finnish label specialized in Techno and Electronica produces only albums, m o st of them EP, in downloadable MP3 format. The leaders of the label, Henri Hurtig, better known by the pseudonym Cid Inc, and Dan Orsen, accepted that ADEM be produced on a CD manufactured by Groove NL. So, C-Jay's music is largely influenced by the innovative bands of the 90's Electronica, I think of The Orb and Underworld. Closer to us, we can think of Moonbooter and Stefan Erbe. ADEM therefore lands at Groove with some modifications in the mixing and mastering, as well as the choice of titles since the long and ambient Deep Listening Part 1 is absent. An excellent catch from Ron Boots, since this album is worthy of landing on CD. Hoping that Backslider is also found on Groove NL, here's ADEM.
A nebulous layer infiltrates our ears, letting some isolated chords clink in its vaporous wake. Iconoclastic and percussive noises tinkle behind this veil of sonic mist, while the mist becomes matter and other pads stimulate the slow introduction of Adem (Part 1). It will t ake almost 5 minutes of atmospheric textures before the sequencer creates a structure whose hesitation rolls with a jerky effect in its static flow. Synth tears thaw to melt like sound crystals, accompanying this staggering march towards another rhythmic pattern, more animated and whose rhythmic counterweight ensures a good finely spasmodic imbalance. Synth layers with Tangerine Dream scents are floating on the finale, leaving our ears waiting. Songs of astral whales open Adem (Part 2). Elastic electronic effects decorate this decor which plunges into a soundtrack of the War of the Worlds genre, preceding a rhythmic structure which struggles to walk in this very successful apocalyptic decor. What catches the ear is the movement of the sequencer whose hypnotic, minimalist Berlin School style matrix strolls until it encounters boom-boom pulsations and chords clanging like hammer blows on a musical anvil. Nothing to write to his mother, Adem (Part 2) remains anchored in his stationary zone overloaded by a hybrid sound mass. Adem (Part 3) brings us closer to the Dub and Chill-out style of Christian Jansen with a psy-dance approach. Its rhythm is soft and is surrounded by hoops and other effects specific to the psybient genre in addition to a text half-sung and half-narrated by Christian Jansen, or someone else who is not identified in the artwork's info. After another introduction woven into sound effects of a psychedelic vision where some arpeggios are always hesitant to move, Adem (Part 4) follows the same evolutionary curve of Adem (Part 1) before exploding for a real rhythm of dance. It's very Moonbooter! Thereafter, ADEM becomes simply divine.
We must emphasize the tonal flora of C-Jay throughout this album where Dance-music is delightfully caught up in the sinuous and interwoven movements of the sequencer's rhythmic lines. Like in Adem (Part 5) and Adem (Part 6), two long minimalist movements with sound artifacts of ambient music and minimalist undu latory and progressive rhythms of the Plastikman genre mixed with Berlin School. It gives very nice minutes of EM animated by his memories of Electronica. After this foray into the Berlin School territories, the Dutch musician returns to his true loves, a Dance-music which seeks his true identity on this album. Adem (Part 7) follows a very Electronica evolution under an ambient din, while under steady resonant boom-booms, Adem (Part 8) screws us a superb melody in an approach which flirts between Stefan Erbe and Moonbooter. A very good title which concludes a very beautiful album and, possibly, an opening towards other horizons of Groove NL.
2020. Sylvain Lupari / SynthSequences.com
What I got here is the debut album on Groove Unlimited of Dutchman Christian Jansen who works as an experienced producer, composer and dj under his C-Jay moniker. As such he has put out numerous releases on some of the world’s most respected music labels, most notably John Digweed’s Bedrock Records where C-Jay released the electronic dance albums “Backslider” and “Echoes”. This newbie actually came out in download-only format in January 2019 on RePlug Records in January 2019 but now received its well deserved and highly requested physical release in the end.
“ADEM” features contemporary electronic sound design presenting a keen, captivating and vibrant mix of Berlin School and soundscapes through eight parts. The latter forms a contemplative, hypnotic trip of atmospheric ambient electronica moving smoothly through various stages and energy levels, reaching a highlight on the mesmerizing “Part 5” and “Part 6”. Besides this artist bein g a great addition to the Groove catalogue, there’s simply a lot to enjoy on the nicely and attentively crafted “ADEM”. Definitely recommended!
2019. Bert Strolenberg / SonicImmersion.org
Absolutely mesmerizing, hypnotic, vibrating, and mindblowing. Simply great! It has a mix of sounds I hadn´t heard before and that characterize C-Jay without a doubt.