Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Owen Jay & Melchior Sultana - Movement EP (Moods And Grooves)

Debuting on Connecticut's Underground Quality label, followed by The Riot EP on Batti Batti and more recent a superb 10" titled Here For You on Spanish label Minuendo, the Maltese duo Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana head to Detroit with a outstanding four-track EP titled Movement on the highly praised label Moods and Grooves; the label with previous releases from Moodymann, Kyle Hall, Rick Wade, Brad Peterson, Andres, Theo Parrish, Glenn Underground, Anthony Shakir, Mr. G, and Mike Grant to name a few. When a label of such caliber turns its attention to Europe it has to be something special, since from a catalog of over 50 releases only a few of the artists hail from the old continent. In this extended player Owen and Melchior show a new side to their various deep faces thus far, with a vibe leaning towards Afro Jazz house sounds. The four tracks in this player; Movement, Sentimental, That Feeling, and Mesmerised are definitely for the refined audience. Movement, the title track of this EP opens the groove with solid phasing drums and alternating rhodes chords leading to a jazzy break and followed by build up of raw 909 hats and snares. Sentimental is the most atmospheric yet soulful track of this release with saturated afro percussion, ambient pads and a brass-like chorus taking the listener to other places with it timeless melody. On the flip side That Feeling takes an old school deep house approach with warm pads and jazzy vibes reminiscent to the classic Guidance Recordings. The last track Mesmerised is a 7 minute broken-beat Afro jazz masterpiece with drowsing brassy pads and moaning leads.


  1. DJ comments for Movement EP;
    - Marco Nega: Movement EP is beautiful. That Feeling hit's me! Funky, old school … dreamy … LOVE IT
    - Musumeci : Movement rocks !
    - Lars Bahrenroth : KILLER KILLER KILLER EP! deep, smooth, sweet and heartwarming!
    - Nasty Boy : A source of inspiration!


  3. Now number one in the chart of New York DJ and producer Aakmael