Hieroglyphic Being The Red Notes
Soul Jazz Records
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.