Pros: Mood, Beats, Diversity, Flow, & Guest Appearences.
Cons: Tends to Wander Off at Times & Not Easy to Listen to.
Known as DJ /rupture, Jace Clayton is a New York City-based DJ from Boston who specializes on creating DJ mixes for clubs and records. Often flirting with various electronic genres including ambient, jungle, hip-hop, breakcore, and dub-step, Clayton creates mixes through turntables in order to create moods and textures in his mixes. Since releasing his first album in 2001 entitled Gold Thief Teeth, he releases a series of albums filled with mixes as he is one of the most acclaimed DJs in the electronic music scene. 2004's Special Gunpowder was his first record of original material while in 2008, he released another album that combined original work with his DJ mixes entitled Uproot.
Produced and performed by DJ /rupture, Uproot is a mixtape album filled with music collages from various artists remixed into various styles by Jace Clayton. Ranging from various music styles including dub-step, reggae, hip-hop, jungle, and ambient music. Featuring 23 tracks in over 56 minutes of music, the album is really a record that's performed as one continuous suite of music like a lot mixtape albums. The result is a fascinating, moody, and ethereal album from DJ /rupture.
The album opens with Reef by Baby Kites & Nokea, a track that starts off with a flute-like melody that plays throughout sputtering, thumping beats and melodic-bass synthesizers. With its warbling arrangements of synthesizers and beats, it carries through the track as it segues into the next track Elders by Clouds. Picking up on its swanky, dub reggae sound with vocals rapping in the background, the track becomes a smooth, reggae-driven track with thumping snare beats and melodic synthesizer hooks. With the beats getting more scratched and playing through its shimmering arrangements, it plays through in the track's second half. Bang Soundboy by Istari Lasterfahrer continues the wavy beats presentation with layers of synthesizers and reggae inspired vocals. Playing up to its moody arrangements of beats and synthesizers, it carries through to the track Cassava by Nokea.
With its eerie synthesizer arrangements that sound a bit hollow with its soft, sputtering beats in the background, the track maintains the sense of dark mood as it plays through with a soft, melodic synthesizer in the background. Along with soft, metallic beats and warbling bass lines, the track goes for a dark, trip-hop feel as it goes into another style. Winter Buds by Atki2 maintains the haunting trip-hop sound with its smooth, metallic beats and scratchy glitch beats with its ominous synthesizers playing in the background. Homeboys by Maga Bo and Max Normal plays up to the warbling, bass-driven arrangements of droning synthesizers with slower, ominous beats as a female vocalist sings through. One of the longer tracks on the album at three-minutes and forty-seven seconds, it's a moody, haunting cut that is a standout due to its vocals and droning presentation. Too Much by Clouds features a thumping beat and wavy, fuzzy bass synthesizers that plays throughout a scratchy, snare-like beat as it warbles through the entire track along with eerie harmonica-like accompaniment.
Mass Dampers by Ekstrak features ominous synthesizer shimmers that is supported by dub-reggae beats and swanky rhythms along with metallic beats and reggae-driven vocals. With its exploration of dub-step, it features wavy bridges while maintaining its smooth, thumping reggae approach. Afghanistan by Frescoe is a one-minute, eight-second track filled with sputtering, rumbling, jungle-style beats and soft, shimmering synthesizers to give an Arabian-like feel as it maintains its hypnotic presentation of beats. I Gave You All My Love by Iron Shirt is a dub remix by Matt Shadeteks as it features soulful vocals that warbles through the bass-squelching presentation of synthesizers and slow but intense layers of beats. Capilano Bridge from Jenny Jones features vocals from the previous track as it slows down through its eerie style of string-like synthesizers and ominous arrangements. With its smooth but sputtering beats, it's a cut that continues the album's diverse yet haunting tone with its string performances.
Plays John Cassavettes Pt. 2 from Ekkehard Ehlers continues the eerie yet soothing string performance of the previous track with melodic arrangements and a sweeping tone that is supported by a string bass performance. Radios Et Announceurs by Stalker returns the album to its electronic stature of scratchy, warbling layers of vocals and smooth, bass-driven presentation of synthesizers and chimes. With soft, thumping beats and a metallic snare, it starts to become this weird, esoteric track with vocals popping up and scratches to create atmosphere in the track. Ignadjossi by Jhonel and Ghislain Poirier is a thumping, rhythmic track with bass-heavy beats and reggae-style vocals that marks a change of pace through more rhythmic styles of electronic music. With clap-like beats, its vocals get more intense as it maintains its rhythmic style. Hungry Ghosts by Filastine is another rhythmic yet intense track due to its beats, wavy synthesizers, and sputtering arrangements as it's an instrumental piece that is powerful in its presentation and layering of beats.
Braille Diving by P. Rose and Scuba goes for droning style of fuzzy synthesizers, hard-hitting, sputtering beats, and ominous synthesizers as it plays up to the intensity of its arrangements and synthesizers. Mirage/Brooklyn Anthem by Quest is the longest track on the record at four-minutes and fifty-two seconds. With its dub-step style of dub-driven beats, swanky guitar riffs, and intense reggae-style vocals as it features an ominous background of synthesizers to support the rhythmic beats. With its wailing hip-hop style synthesizers in the background arriving during the bridge along with jungle-driven beats, it's another cut that truly stands out. Naked/Erhu Solo (Acapella) by 77 Klash, Team Shadetek, and Jan Dan is a dark, dub-step inspired track of dub-reggae beats with metallic snares, warbling rhythms, ominous bass synthesizer arrangements, and layers of vocals. Featuring a melodic keyboard background, it whistles through with its Middle Eastern-inspired arrangements of screeching strings and performance.
Strategy Decay Timeblind/3akel by Timeblind continues the ominous string performance of the previous track with slower beats and intense dub arrangements along with reggae-style vocals sung in a different language. With a soft, bass-heavy background, it's another exploration into dub-step as it's a track that emphasizes on atmosphere. Uranium (Acapella) by Maga Bo and Bigg has a soft, bass-thumping track that plays through with soft, hollow, metallic beats in the background with layers of soft female vocals popping up. A largely ambient-driven track, the track continues its ambient presentation into an ambient remix of Drunken Monkey by Professor Shehab and Iloop. With an Eastern style of flute, soft bass tracks, and warbling arrangements of hollow beats and whistles that is truly haunting in its presentation as it features Eastern-style vocals.
Save From The Flames All That Yet Remains by Dead Leaf is another ambient-driven track with wavy synthesizers, shimmering backgrounds of soft beats and textures as it plays up to the melancholic tone driven by a violin and a somber piano. The album's final track Second-Hand Science by We picks the tempo up a bit with bass track and thumping, sputtering beats. With sounds of soft, synthesizer wails, it's a fitting closer with soft vocals played in the background with the track closing the album.
Uproot is a unique, mesmerizing, and provocative album from DJ /rupture that definitely proves that there's still some new worlds to explore for electronic music. Fans of DJ mix albums, DJ-driven music, and other experimental forms of electronic music will enjoy this though it's not an easy record to listen to. The sense of continuation and shifting of different styles of electronic music might make the record difficult to listen to and digest as most tracks are often presented in two minutes or less. Still, Uproot is still a fascinating and tremendous album from DJ /rupture.