Review – Dutch DJ and Producer C-Jay makes his album debut on seminal progressive label Bedrock

Artist : C-Jay
Title : BackSlider parts 1-6
Label : Bedrock
Release : 4th April 2016
Genre : Electronica

C-Jay is a true pioneer of the Dutch electronic dance scene, a much respected and highly regarded, multi-tasking producer/DJ/label boss/club promoter/music business man. His “The Sessions” parties are legendary, and in his native Holland he is mentioned in the same breath as fellow Dutch DJs Per and Remy for consistent contributions to the scene.

Over the years C-Jay has produced numerous releases on some of the world’s most respected music labels, and his dedication to his own distinctive interpretation of forward-thinking music means he is firmly established as an international artist, and excitingly, has enjoyed a real renaissance of late, most recently signing this ‘BackSlider’ 6-track mini-LP to John Digweed’s Bedrock Records.

The mini-LP is a one hour musical experience split into 6 distinctive parts. Whilst not entirely strictly downtempo in style, Parts 1-6 are diverse movements of atmospheric ambient electronica of the highest order: contemplative, hypnotic, enthralling journeys, with so many wondrous elements that repeated listening always brings new, previously unnoticed parts to the fore.

“I’ve gone back to what I love doing most since I was 11 years old: making lush, synth laden electronica without trying to work towards expectations of listeners or labels. BackSlider is the result I’m silly proud of, my love for synths and the old legends like Jarre and Vangelis kinda comes together in this album which I consider is among my best work!” – Christian C-Jay Jansen

A teaser campaign to introduce C-Jay to Bedrock fans began when the opening track ‘BackSlider Part 1’ was previewed on last summer’s excellent ‘Underground Sound of Ibiza Series 2’ compilation, and continued with the sublime ‘BackSlider Part 3’ being previewed on John Digweed’s most recent ‘Live In Montreal’. Now, the full musical jigsaw puzzle of ‘BackSlider Parts 1-6’ is completed in style. C-Jay’s rigorous studio output means he already has a hectic summer of performances being lined-up, with slots scheduled for Pleasure Island Festival, Mystic Garden Festival, Wasteland, Recycle Lounge and a secret under-the-radar summer festival to be announced soon.

As with everything C-Jay makes, there’s a superior quality to the production, arrangement and emotive substance of these tracks. Individually, they take the listener to a far away place and examine different feelings, but its as a cohesive whole that the full realisation of what C-Jay wanted to achieve is heard. Spellbinding stuff, and a brilliant new direction for one of Holland’s prime exports.