Hailing from the Anjunadeep stable of international DJs and producers, Australian-born Jaytech (née James Cayzer) is redefining what can be done with the building blocks of trance music. Jaytech has taken the reigns as A&R co-director at Anjunadeep, continually deconstructing founding band Above & Beyond’s uplifting vocal trances and rebuilding them with a jolt of emotive European House, hip-hop elements, dark chill-wave, and a total disregard for genre-defining boundaries. Jaytech delivers the freshest tracks on his weekly podcast, and now he challenges producers worldwide with the grooves of Multiverse.
The male vocals on “Labour of Love” (feat. Nathan Grainger) and “Stranger” (feat. Steve Smith), and the all-encompassing synth scales of “New Vibe” and “Multiverse” would fit nicely within Above & Beyond’s world-renowned DJ sets. “Rabbit Raiders” and “Epsilon” flirt with these soundscapes, then turn up the pace and electro filters to highlight Jaytech’s subtle bad-boy charm. This electo-edge is the focal point of “Through The Maze” (feat. Serenade), which for full effect should be performed live with a retro keytar.
Jaytech attempts to reinvent the mousetrap with “Innovation” (feat. Nathan Grainger). The 21st century sounds have to work around the bouncy boy-band melody and half-spoken lyrics: “These feelings I have are so true/ just want to share this day with you”. This miscue is soon alleviated with the dense Rossa Corsa-esque dreamwave on “Diode”. A classically trained pianist, Jaytech layers complex ivory runs with psychedelic whispers that vibrate through your cranium until you’re forced to shake them loose at conclusion.
Multiverse lets the listener down easily, with both of the last two tracks hitting at less than 90 BPMs. Ample space between notes allows for total appreciation of Melody Gough’s soft vocal pleas on “Blue Ocean”, escaping the speakers with a delicate trip-hop touch.
At a relatively lengthy 13 tracks and over 70 minutes, you may get the urge to skip back to the most viscerally pleasing tracks. But Multiverse is a cross-genre adventure that is best explored in full.
Essential Tracks: “Diode”, “Blue Ocean” (feat. Melody Gough)