OTTAWA’S DJ D-MASS DROPS NEW FULL LENGTH ENTITLED ‘GRADUATE’
I have been a fan and friend of DJ D-mass for over a decade…I was super excited to hear he was finally dropping his debut full length and even more pumped when I heard how brilliant it is.
Originally from Bermuda, D-mass has been living in Canada for many a year now. He is a DJ (half of the Production duo The 3%), Producer and remixer. An off-kilter sample master in the vein of DJ Food, DJ Shadow, Kid Koala and many other of the fine folks over at Ninja Tune or Equinox records…his skill is at that level and now it’s time for a little recognition.
The 12 instrumental tracks, on the release sport samples, beats, and some prime scratching. The record was originally started in 2000 but was finally completed in 2006. Back then D-Mass didn’t feel like it was quite the right time to release the record there was an overload of this style of genre-melding sample work in the charts and the scene was over saturated….but more recently he’s noticed a bunch of old skool DJ’s making a return to the music biz with fresh energy and ideas. Now is the time for ‘The Graduate’ see the light of day, and about time too…really, it’s a pretty cool release.
The album features down-tempo, smooth grooves, lots of experimentation with voices (check the track Vocabulist) and beats to keep you locked in, plus nice clean production. Of note are some choice sweet and yet simplistic vocals on the first track by guest vocalist, indie roots singer Andrea Simms-Karp, who is also based in Ottawa.
Check out ‘The Graduate’ for yourself…stream it below and then nab your copy!
On Saturday he will be playing Montreal’s ‘Under Pressure’ Festival – INFO!
BUY DIGITAL ALBUM (PAY WHAT YOU CAN) – HERE!
BUY LIMITED EDITION HARD COPY – HERE!