Those of you who have been with us for awhile know that we here at TWJ are big fans of indie-pop dude Jhameel. The guy plays multiple instruments, constructs songs capable of latching onto your brain and hanging out inside your head all day long. He proved as much with The Human Condition, an album that led to our first post about the 21-year old San Franciscan. Jhameel was nice enough to give us some of his time for a Q&A in March, and it was in that interview he told us he had some ambitious goals.
I’m not sure if creating something like his new Dance EP was on the list of things Jhameel wanted to achieve in his career. But it’s nice to see an artist challenge himself and try something a little different. The five tracks on this new release are, not shockingly, endearing and enjoyable. Disco-funk banger “Shut Up” is my early favorite, primarily because of how cathartic the shout-then-sing vocals sound like they were to record. And how powerfully fun the song is.
“Love Me Twice” builds on a chopped up guitar riff and a handclapping beat, and works in some nice vocals that range from distorted to nearly spoken word. “I Am The Silhouette” uses a waterfall synth beat quite well, and “Origami Monsters” bangs with a clubworthy pulse. “Foundation” is an uplifting, keyboard-laden jam. I enjoyed the whole EP, and I assume the goal was to get people moving. There’s plenty here to accomplish that task, with flying colors. Download “Shut Up” and “I Am The Silhouette,” and check out the rest of the EP below. I’m falling in love with it as we speak.
And, just as he did with The Human Condition, Jhameel is giving the whole thing away for free (or for a donation, if you want). What a good dude.