J*Davey: space odd­ity

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Are you ready for some space-age funk? If you are, vo­cal­ist Bri­ana “Jack Davey” Cartweight and pro­ducer Brook D’Leau are open for busi­ness.

The time seems right for the Los An­ge­les-based duo J*Davey and their mon­ster blend of funk, elec­tro, soul, hip-hop and rock. They’ve spent the past four years knock­ing tunes into shape, do­ing the net­work­ing thing (gigs with Prince, ink­ing a deal with Warner Broth­ers) and gen­er­ally get­ting ready for lift-off.

There have al­ready been a few re­leases to whet ap­petites and stir pun­dits into talk­ing them up. For those in search of some J*Davey magic, The Beauty In Dis­tor­tion/The Land of the Lost EP is a good place to start (the lat­ter fea­tur­ing con­tri­bu­tions from The Mighty ?uest­love of The Roots and Lit­tle Brother MC Phonte).

A new EP, Boudoir Synema: The

Great Mistape is due in the com­ing weeks. This show­cases the duo rock­ing a stronger, more con­fi­dent elec­tro­funk groove, if lead track

Outta the Win­dow is any guide to their in­ten­tions.

J*Davey’s sound has taken some in­ter­est­ing turns over the course of those re­leases. While you can still find a touch of Santigold’s strut­ting in places, there are also el­e­ments of the Nep­tunes’ fu­ture-funk, Kelis’s sass and even the B52s’ way with a pop tune in their cos­mic, freaky mix.

J*Davey’s songs are bright, breezy and pop-friendly, but also pos­sess a smart, com­plex dy­namic that the duo and their band are more than ca­pa­ble of ex­ploit­ing in their live shows.

The most press­ing thing on their to-do list for 2010 is to get that long-over­due de­but al­bum out and spread the love.

Hope­fully, there will be enough room on­board the J*Davey space­ship for all the new re­cruits.

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