San Francisco based singer/songwriter/alien-hybrid on the prowl for playmates and collaborators in creative pursuits. Open to blending and lending talents for individual, partnered and group projects. Down to dabble in music, art, film and theatrical productions.
The Gelatinous State: Baby CD
Scary Cow Productions
It's no longer very unusual for a band to feature a horn section, multiple percussionists, and a DJ using a pair of turntables as an instrument. What is kind of unusual is for the man on the decks to be the bandleader, but that's the arrangement that J Boogie has been working with for years, and he makes it work very well. Among other things, it gives him tremendous stylistic flexibility, and his live sets and recordings careen joyfully and with deceptive ease from nu-soul to Latin funk to deep dub without ever breaking a sweat.
On Undercover, the group's sound has only become deeper and richer, drawing on a broad roster of guest vocalists and rappers (Afrolicious, Chrys-Anthony, MC Zulu, and the Mamaz all make brilliant cameo appearances) to give the celebrated J Boogie groove that much more traction. Take, for example, the song "It's on Fire," which by all rights should be a completely disposable "we sure know how to party" throwaway, but is made compelling by Lateef the Truthspeaker's joyful rapping, J Boogie's squidgy synths and dubwise touches, and the band's razor-sharp horn section. Or the skanking rap en español of "El Ritmo." Or the booming, bouncing, sexy '80s funk groove of "Magik," a track that sounds like Lisa Lisa as produced by Herbie Hancock with an 808 bass. The fact is, there isn't a bum track anywhere on this album. To listen to it is to completely rethink the appropriateness of fedoras in the 21st century. Brilliant.
Oakland producer Drunken Monkey and San Francisco vocalist Chrys-Anthony have combined forces to create a dazzling work with an inimitable sound. The title track, “Diggin’ Pony,” explodes with Chrys-Anthony’s signature primal scream and Jeff “DJ F” Straw’s saxophone blasts. Jazzy, funky, and soulful, the Diggin’ Pony EP boasts a force to be reckoned with. Drunken Monkey’s production pulls you out of your seat and Chrys-Anthony’s stylings hold a gripping depth similar to Cee-Lo Green’s.
Giant Step Presents
At the onset of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution, a Greek expatriate-turned-aspiring ‘freedom fighter’ has a brutal encounter with secret police in Cairo and retreats to his forgotten hometown of Athens, forced to confront the society that exiled him ten years earlier as it erupts into chaos.
A dark comedy/sociopolitical drama feature film shot on location in Athens, Greece and Cairo, Egypt (In English, Arabic and Greek).
For more information on this film: Indiegogo.com/hateyourcity
Jay Williams is jAswhO? (pronounced Jase hoo), a multifaceted musician, accomplished producer, innovative performer, degree-certified engineer and, above all, a humble human being. But despite his calm aura, Williams ripples with energy on stage. Anyone whos seen his live house music sets, or heard his many superb singles knows that Williams brings it.
A veteran live musician whos toured the US, Japan and England with various bands, including as a keyboardist, guitar and bass player with improv experimental dance music ensemble Playground and Elektra records project Family Funk. His multi-instrument prowess has led to frequent collaborations with a range of producers and artists. His discography reads like a whos-who (or is that whos Who?) of dope underground labels.
These days he works behind the scenes at Temple Music Groups in-house studio, tracking artists and musicians as well as developing and playing on a host of projects as an engineer or facilitator.
jAswhO? Featuring Chrys-Anthony
The Beautiful Xperiment
12" Vinyl release in 2001 on Soulmine Records
Written & Produced by jAswhO?
Co-Produced by Crown Jewel
Lyrics by E. Alden