What do you get when you put two idiosyncratic musicians, a modern orchestra, a cutting-edge choreographer and a gifted dancer together? Well, throw in the vocals of Jem Cooke, and if you’re talking about the shared musical vision created by Jamie Jones and Kate Simko with the London Electronic Orchestra on “One Time Game,” and the accompanying video featuring dancer Hillary Tang performing a piece by Ania Catherine, you’re about to find out.
You may already be familiar with the track in question, which came out not long ago on the Emerald City imprint, Jones’s new label project with Lee Foss, who had previously partnered on the Hot Creations label. But the video for the tune takes things to a whole other level.
The idea for it first came to Jones when he viewed a video of Tang performing another piece and decided she was what he needed to help bring the visual elements of “One Time Game” to life. The result is a strikingly evocative melding of media, giving the Simko, Jones and the Orchestra’s work another dimension entirely, and simultaneously making an artistic statement all its own.
You’d think Jamie Jones would get tired after a while, but even with being a house heavyweight, running his Hot Creations label, his Hot Natured band, and all his other activities, he still found time to start yet another label and a new recording project. Jones and Lee Foss’ new label, Emerald City, has already seen success straight out of the gate with the release of “Fearing Love” by Serge Devant & Damiano with Camille Safiya. Now they’re set to follow it with “One Time Game,” a collaboration between Jones and Kate Simko featuring vocals by Jem Cooke.
Simko is known for having a knack with both the electronic and acoustic ends of the sonic spectrum, having DJed and produced on the electronic side as well as composing film soundtracks and leading the London Electronic Orchestra. On “One Time Game,” she brings her orchestral skills to bear, surrounding the song with harp, violins, and cellos.
“The timing seemed perfect for us to collaborate, and I was beyond excited he suggested it. Releasing this on Jamie and Lee’s Emerald City is a natural fit, and I couldn’t be more grateful to team up with them, and get Jem Cooke and the LEO on board too. “The timing seemed perfect for us to collaborate,” Simko said of the project, “and I was beyond excited he [Jones] suggested it. Releasing this on Jamie and Lee’s Emerald City is a natural fit, and I couldn’t be more grateful to team up with them, and get Jem Cooke and the LEO on board too.”
Known to denizens of the dance floor as Popof, French DJ/producer Alexandre Paounov has evolved in many ways since his days in the free-party scene. While his gallant remix of Marc Houle’s “Late For Work” released in the spring epitomizes the current blueprint of his elegant, effortless fusion of house and techno, Love Somebody, his full-length album for Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Creations imprint, speaks to the totality of his musical evolution in 11 captivating chapters.
Only the fourth full-length to be released on the label, Paounov crafts his beats and housey grooves with aplomb and finesse. French singer/songwriter/actor Arno Joey is the featured vocalist on three cuts. A gifted singer, he’s the perfect voice to lyrically express the essence of Paounov’s artistry.
With its heady bass wobble, meandering melody and pitched down vocals, “Going Back” oozes with soul and humanity. It’s a song you’ll want to wrap your arms around and embrace. “It’s Been A While” is equally euphoric yet manages to steer clear of sounding like EDM fromage. “Always In My Mind” featuring Miss Kittin takes a rawer tone, eschewing clinical pop perfection for a rough-around-the-edges song designed to make you move your body.
Paounov closes the album with “Outro,” a slow jam clocking in at a scant 1:17. Is this truncated downtempo offering a hint of things to come? Only a master of reinvention like Paounov knows the answer.