Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve. Includes download code. Over the course of a staggering 78 minutes, big things happen on Jams, Urban Homes's monumental sophomore album. The 13 songs on Jams go back to recordings of years of communal, MIDI- and hardware-based jam sessions which, over three years, were painstakingly discarded, condensed, reconstructed and provided with occasional guest vocals by Hanitra Wagner (Oracles, Die Heiterkeit). On Jams, Benjamin Riedl, Stephan Weinand and Oliver Bersin explore a history of dance music that is retraced in the 13 tracks. The seemingly clear cut references in titles such as "Verdub Lang Her (Stripped Down Killer Dub Jam)", "Blue Note Jam" or "As High Acid Can Get (Acid Jam)", however, are not to be taken as letters of intent, but - despite the playful handling of genre conventions and clichés - as homages to the immaterial architecture of the club: the atmosphere, the vibe, the jam. In it's rich texture, the dramatic composition of Jams reconstructs the resonance space of an excessive, foggy, and steamy night at the club, thereby approaching it's point of interest. Despite the clear club compatibility (each of the 13 tracks will work on a dancefloor worth it's salt), Urban Homes do not shy away from sticky harmonic arrangements and melodies that are bound to be called "pop". They do however, and this is one of the points of this great album, avoid any overarching narrative of organic-ness or authenticity which might refer the record to a context of "indie" music. Unlike the acclaimed and award-winning debut Centres (2013), which wore the socialization of the (previously four) Urban Homes on it's sleeve, this is rootless, nomadic music that is in the most beautiful sense "out there". So far out there, in fact, that gurus such as Pharaoh Sanders or Sun Ra can be made out through the ever-present fog (see titles such as "4/20 Jam" or "Summer Rolls (Midnight Munchies Jam)" for reference). What seems so effortless, casual and relaxed over the entire run time, is in fact merely evidence of the band's musical mastery and precision. Mixed by Jan-Philipp Janzen (Von Spar) at Dumbo Studios. Mastered by Cem Oral at Jammin Masters. Sonja Deffner (Die Heiterkeit, Jason & Theodor) is responsible for the stunning artwork.
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