World of Echo
Her website says her music is informed by J Dilla, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, and Aaliyah (and word, I can totes hear all four in there)--that kind of mixture of influences is my jam! This is a phenomenal modern soul album. Don't sleep on this!
Derrick Ah Sam
We’re big fans of jakarta records on @expeditionradio, so not sure how this slipped under the radar. Though It’s only been out since April 12th, if you know us & the show, that’s already a late pass in our book.
I've been obsessively listening to it for about the last week and not quite sure what to compare it to. All I know is 'Shake it' AND this album is dope AF.
I am definitely fast tracking this project to be a year end Best of fave...Don't sleep on this y'all!
Favorite track: Shake it.
Born in Tel Aviv to a family with Moroccan roots, the now Berlin based artist and producer J.Lamotta returns with 'Suzume'; her second album release via Jakarta Records.
The first single ‘Turning’, taken from the forthcoming album is due for release with an accompanying music video on Friday, 15th February.
'Suzume' was recorded across four different studios in Berlin, involving 24 musicians from all around the globe. In contrast to 2017’s 'Conscious Tree' album, which was made using found sounds and samplers, the new album sees J.Lamotta expanding her production repertoire by crafting a warm body of sound, laced with live strings and a horn section provided by her band which have toured together from Berlin to South Korea and Japan over the past three years.
On the featured single ‘Turning’, J.Lamotta comments:
"'Turning' is storytelling. In my mind, the song is a camera that takes in first a wider perspective of humanity and existence, and then zooms in on my personal world, feelings, and love story."
This open and honest approach has roots that can be traced back to Bill Withers, Sun Ra and Dilla, with the triumph of ‘Suzume’ being it’s beautiful evolution of the neo-soul sound.
'Suzume' will be released on vinyl, CD and digital formats in April 2019 via Jakarta Records and features artwork created by Simone Cihlar (Anderson .Paak, Tom Misch and more).
released April 12, 2019
All lyrics by J.Lamotta Suzume except
#7 (co-written with Frank Dasent) &
#8 (co-written with Teknical Development.IS)
Production, composition, vocals, additional percussion, samples and pocket trumpet (#3, #10 ) by J.Lamotta Suzume Mixed by Q3000 at 3000 Studios, Bari, Italy
Mastered by Roskow Kretschmann @Audiomoto
Artwork by Simone Cihlar
Photo by Agatha Powa
The Klubhaus Recording Studios, Berlin by Matt Fargher (1,5,6,8,9,10,12) Wave Akademie (Studio 1), Berlin by Peter C. Krell (strings on 1,6,8,9,12) JRS - Jazzanova Recording Studio,
Berlin by Axel Reinemer & José Victor Torelli (2,3,4,7,11)
J.Lamotta’s home studio, Berlin - all overdubs and vocals (apart from vocals on 2,3,4,7,11 - recorded in JRS)
Martin Buhl - bass and strings arrangement (co-written with Suzume) Doron Segal - keyboards
Pier Ciaccio - drums (1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Ra‘fat Muhammad - drums (2, 3, 4, 7, 11) and percussion (2, 3, 11) Jarita Freydank - percussion (1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Omri Abramov - tenor saxophone and brass section arrangements William Henderson - trumpet
Frank Dasent - trombone
Linda Jozefowski - flute
Josefine Andronic - violin
Yuka Snell - violin
Mishi Stern - violin (5)
Tobias Opialla - viola
Lucy Hoile - cello
Teknical Development.IS - poetry (8)
Roni Meir and Noritsu - backing vocals (6) Assistance - Brian Mcloughlin