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Jay Denham The Truth

  • Words: Janet Tzou
  • Label: Disko B
  • XLR8R Rating: 6/10

Those who know Jay Denham for his edgy, Detroit-styled production might be surprised by this ’90s house throwback. The Truth drives smoothly across the dancefloor, borrowing heavily from Denham’s first influence–old-school house (and plenty of accompanying vocal overlays), with some downtempo and techno elements. Unfortunately, most of The Truth’s rhythms sound more repetitive than innovative, making one’s anticipation of Denham’s first release in three years under his own name fall a bit flat. Still, the lovely ambient washes and spare minimal rhythms on “The Long Way” are worth a listen, easily conjuring the starry-eyed dreaminess that Denham typically stirs with just a few strokes of his nimble, dancefloor-directed fingers.

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