Jimpster, a household name in the world of electronic music and longstanding member of maverick electronic improvisation act The Bays, has an uncanny sixth sense for percussion in all the right places.
The hugely established and sought-after producer in his own right, first made his mark nearly a decade ago on this, his own label, Freerange Records. Here he became a leading producer in the burgeoning nu-jazz, downtempo and jazzy breaks scenes, releasing the seminal albums ?Messages from the Hub? and ?Domestic Science? to much acclaim. When not working on his own productions, Jimpster also made a name for himself as a innovative remixer, gaining recognition through his remixes for Lamb, Wai Wan, Airto Moriera, Lisa Shaw and Blue Six, as well as working with Coldcut on their 'Let us Play' album.
Over this time Jimpster has forged himself a distinct sound ? a master of diversity combined with consistent originality. His magic touch embellishes housey, jazzy, broken-beat records, his remix back cat proving extremely popular with a range of DJs from Gilles Peterson, Tom Middleton, Mr Scruff, 4-Hero?s Dego, Patrick Forge, Miguel Migs and Brett Johnson, to name but a few.
So whilst we wait patiently for Jimpster?s follow up artist album to his critically acclaimed debut ?Domestic Science? (2002) we are grateful to receive this stunning remix album. This compilation brings together a fine selection of Jimpster remixes released between 2000 and 2003.
The album moves from bop-happy highs to the most chilled of lows; Jimpster is just as comfortable at lazy day tempo as he is at a dubbed-up ?get on one matey? level. There?s the delicious, melt-in-your-mouth house of Lisa Shaw?s ?Let It Ride?, a real smile-generator, which contrasts beautifully with the sunrise calm of Fragile State ?Panacea?. With Hajime Yoshizawa?s ?Endless Bow? receiving Jimpster treatment you can almost hear the crickets in the sand dunes; then it?s back on to your feet for the bass-tastic Sista Widey ?Inspecta? rework that grabs you by the hips and gives you a damn good shake. Of course the mammoth hit ?Get Your Dub On? by chart favourites Switch can never go unmentioned and here, Jimpster adds a deep touch with extra strings and slickest of b-lines?
All in all a quality collection of tracks that really work as a whole, reminding us why Jimpster has become such a byword for excellent jazzy house and beats over the last few years.