Hiero­glyphic Be­ing The Red Notes

Soul Jazz Records

Future Music - - ALBUM REVIEWS - Tom Jones

Pro­lific Chicago pro­ducer Ja­mal Moss, oth­er­wise known as Hiero­glyphic Be­ing re­turns with his third stu­dio al­bum, the ex­per­i­men­tal and un­com­pro­mis­ing The Red Notes. Fus­ing to­gether two of the most in­flu­en­tial mu­si­cal roots from his home city, Moss de­liv­ers an am­bi­tious and ad­ven­tur­ous pol­li­na­tion of the cos­mic, freeform jazz of Sun Ra and the raw, acid house sound of Chicago’s wild late ’80s scene. The record draws on the Blue Note jazz sounds and sense of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion of Th­elo­nious Monk, John Coltrane and Her­bie Han­cock as much as the deep, driv­ing sounds of house pioneers Frankie Knuck­les and Mar­shall Jef­fer­son. The record ex­plores a unique sound­scape that matches the de­sire to cre­ate ground­break­ing mu­sic that cel­e­brates the free­dom that all the above artists stood for. Proudly fol­low­ing the city’s lin­eage of in­no­va­tion, Moss brings th­ese dis­parate styles to­gether while in­ject­ing warmth, emo­tion and en­ergy. Weav­ing in be­tween out­sider house, afro-fu­tur­ist, rhyth­mic cu­bism, Detroit techno, Chicago house, jazz and in­dus­trial mu­sic, but never en­com­pass­ing any whole­sale, Hiero­glyphic Be­ing cre­ates a sound­scape that is as un­pre­dictable as it is dis­tinc­tive. Fus­ing real-time live in­stru­men­ta­tion and over-dubbed tech­nolo­gies to repli­cate the im­pro­vi­sa­tion of jazz and the raw, im­me­di­ate­ness of house, Moss brings ana­logue and elec­tronic worlds to­gether in stun­ning fash­ion. A true in­no­va­tor and orig­i­na­tor, Hiero­glyphic Be­ing ce­ments his place as one of elec­tronic mu­sic’s most for­ward think­ing artists with his most com­plete al­bum to date.

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