Barefoot Wanderer


This is the first album release for Jahcoozi on BPitch Control. This international band was formed in Berlin in 2002, comprised of members Robot Koch in Berlin (who arranges the beats), formerly London-based Sasha Perera (who handles the vocals), and bass lines that are laid down by Oren Gerlitz, who lived in Tel Aviv. The band experienced early support from John Peel and has released on labels such as Citizen Recordings, Crosstown Rebels and Playhouse. Jahcoozi are currently at the forefront of producing eclectic sounds and merging genres like grime, punk rock, hip-hop and various blends of electronica to create a unique definition of pop music. Barefoot Wanderer definitely marks a caesura in the band's trajectory and is the implementation of a new-found purism. It's not a loud, bright, stage-ready record, though they continue to be restless, and still filter their distinct dynamic from their different, border-crossing tastes in music. With the support of the Goethe Institute they went to Kenya to record the track "Msoto Millions" along with MCs from Ukoo Flani, a Kenyan dancehall/reggae crew in Nairobi. Staying true to their core musical approach, they gathered friends from all around the globe, but this time took it further than ever. For example, there's a track with percussionist Guillermo Brown from New York, they feature Belgian singer Barbara Panther on another, and (drum roll!) clay pot percussionist Oori Shalev from Israel. In general, they bring home sound souvenirs from every one of their journeys, embracing a mentality that appeals to everyone who feels comfortable in the most varied worlds of bpm counts and bass variations. Barefoot Wanderer is without a doubt the most self-contained and cohesive work they have done so far. Its sex appeal not only speaks through Sasha's booty-shake, it virtually shines through a mysteriously hazy disco-funk twilight. Unlike anything else, this album makes breakbeat a valid currency again, it refines dubstep, it recalls the early dancehall spirit, it even re-awakens the expressive force and agitation of digital hardcore, though without letting the formal execution become too explicit. Even the most explicit moments such as "Power Down Blackout," fuelled by long-time partner in crime M. Sayyid of Antipop Consortium, are laid down with a nonchalance that will get a crowd going in the blink of an eye. Also includes a Deadbeat dub.