Jaymz Nylon is regarded as the progenitor of afro-tech, a spiritual fusion of African, Latin, and jazz rhythms within a modern club context. In 2012, this veteran producer and DJ — who has been releasing records for over two decades — moved from New York to Seattle and quickly established himself as a tireless champion of sophisticated house music in the Northwest with his Passage nights at the Seattle clubs Electric Tea Garden (RIP) and Kremwerk.
For Nylon's Innerflight Music debut, the label and artist have augmented the similarly titled “Inner Flight” with four varied remixes. The original features The Mystic Vibes (a local vibraphone virtuoso) and finds Nylon combining the spiritual with the physical in a work that's a paragon of earthy, celestial house music. It features Nylon's deadpan baritone intonation, recited as if in a hypnotic state: “This is a journey / of loving and learning / This is an inner flight / come on and take a ride / to a place where you can fly.” The transcendent nature of the lyrics is mirrored by the plush keyboard and vibraphone penumbras hovering over the casually bustling rhythmic foundation, all of which are more interesting and organic in essence than your usual house productions. Nylon's own Afrotech Reshape adds shakers, emphasizes hand percussion, and brings to the fore the serpentine melody, which elevates the track to even more sublime heights than his initial template.
As the first remix offered, Montana DJ / producer Kris Moon beefs up the bass and revamps the no-nonsense, hip-smacking four-on-the-floor rhythm into something you might have heard in an early-'90s Detroit techno classic. As is typical with anything Moon touches, the aura is deep, trippy, and cerebral. Joe Bellingham's Reimagined Mix muscles up the kick and reduces the vocal to a few percussive tics, ramping up “Inner Flight” to a smoothly propulsive floor-filler in the process. Veteran Seattle producer Bob Hanssen (of duo Jacob London) offers the most radical transformation here, bringing in church bell tones and upward-spiraling synth arpeggios while making Nylon's voice sound omnipresent. Hanssen has almost totally eradicated the rhythm, repurposing the track for a swirling, eventful house-of-worship experience.
Jaymz Nylon, The Mystic Vibes, and company combine to create an inimitable sound listeners will be hard pressed to find anything else like -- something for more daring and creative souls.
But don't take our word for it...
"This has to be one of my favorite Innerflight releasesyet. Jaymz is a visionary, Hanssen flipped the script blissfully as expected, and I'll definitely be supporting Joe Bellingham's version in the clubs. Qualitaaay!"
- Pezzner (Freerange / Om / Jacob London)
"Joe Bellingham mix 4 me"
- Terry Francis (Wiggle / Fabric / Klunk & Zilly)
"Another great track for Mr. Nylon"
- Chris Udoh (Tigherhook / Escapism radio)
"This is stellar package, It's where house must be. Love Jaymz Nylon's Original, his NYC rootz mixed with city late 80's sound, which along The Mystic are offering a magnificent vintage groove. His spiritual Afrotech sound on his own Reshape reminds me of his Nylon Trax sound. Kris Moon Remix is totally changing the direction, an Afrocentic and soul touch on Detroit is always recommended. Joe Bellingham's Reimagined Mix is really closer to Jaymz Nylon you can say that this Remix is made by his twin brother. Late night club sound... Quality stuff…"
- dj Nova (Nova Planet radio)
- Chris Fortier (Fade / Mindwarp / Field Trip Radio)
"Very Infectious selection of beats .. one i will be able to dip in to for some time for the festival day time slots .. Kris adds a a nice tuff edge .. Thanks"
- SimonG (Volcano Radio / 0fm / MyHouseYourHouse)
"Good stuff. Liking Bellingham and Moon's mixes."
- Blueshift (French Express / Nurvous Records / Stoney Roads)
"Some serious percussive vibes right here - digging the original, Joe's mix & in particular the Afrotech version, really digging that baby!"
- Al Bradley (3am Recordings / Fabric / Hearts of Darkness)
"Great drum work on this quality summer feel"
- Joey Silvero (Distant People / Foliage / Seamless)
"Kris Moon version does it for me, thanks lovely release"
- Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings / Balance Alliance)
"Nice Ep. Joe Bellingham's mix is the one for me."
- Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm)
- Andrew Duke (Cognition Audioworks)
"Wonderful deep track and vocal alongside great remixes. Lovely!"
- Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns / Urban torque)
"Dope! JB and Moon Rmx for me. Big thx!"
- John Massey (Subspec / From0-1)
"First mix for me. Will play & support."
- Laurent N. (House Nation Radio / Westradio.gr
/ Buddha-Bar podcast)
"Original for me, thank you"
- dj Electric (Deepology / Body Parts / Aquamarine)
"Lovely release here. love all the local flavors that find a home here. quality stuff."
- Alex Ruder (KEXP / Hush Hush)
"Quality deep house with soul!"
- Tee Cardaci (Low Down Grooves / Sine Qua Non / Deep & Dusted radio)
"I really like the spacey deepness of the Kris Moon remix."
- Adam Warped (Whiskey Pickle / Strange Days radio)
"Original is our fav"
- The Zars (Till2012 Records / Progezo Records / 909Muzik)
"Interesting sound. Should work well on an educated crowd."
- Eric Davenpoort (Guesthouse / Various Club)
"Nice EP, really like Joe's reimagined mix. Great work."
- Craig Whitfield (The HHA / Restless Soul / ReelHouse radio)
"Nice remix from Joe B, thanks!"
- Jean Jérome (Kut 'N' Paste / Purpleheadz / Radio FG)