CD REVIEW: Durojaiye - "The Fermented Sessions"
By Gian F - 09/01/2008 - 05:35 PM EDT
Album: The Fermented Sessions
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Stay And Enjoy Life, Merlot, Kuba's Coming, Never Forgotten
Weakness: Mastering could be more dynamic
Durojaiye, a producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, turns in his debut instrumental project that is sure to be thought of as a music licensing treasure chest. With a repertoire of songs that are tightly composed, artfully arranged, and well-produced, this CD achieves the rare feat of being both serviceable to professionals in television, film, and media, and being a coherent and highly enjoyable project that music lovers of alternative electronica/ambient/jazz music will thoroughly enjoy.
The opening track, "Lost," is a mid-tempo composition with industrial percussions which are delicately sandwiched between melodic keyboard parts that drive it forward and build anticipation. It's the perfect set-up for the project’s best composition, "Stay And Enjoy Life," which is not just a title, but an invitation, and a great follow-up to "Lost" with its head-bobbing beat, soothing synthesized guitar lines, and sweeping strings.
As you delve deeper into this CD, it magically, if not mysteriously, stimulates both your thoughts and imagination in a seamless, unconscious manner. From the joyfulness of "Kuba's Coming," to the introspective inducing "Never Forgotten," and the intriguing preponderance of the dramatic "022908." Durojaiye’s commanding ability to influence emotions with his compositions are only secondary to the command of his production talents.
The CD’s most commercial track, the hip-hop flavored "Merlot," features hypnotic keyboards and a marching, in-the-pocket groove which creates a mellow, but magnetically energetic pull that engages you. It will have instant appeal with urban audiences or music supervisors seeking music that has such an effect.
His parting gift on the project, the alternative pop flavored “Rise,” is a Fat Boy Slim inspired track that slightly deviates, but does not detour from the musical journey and takes you down a path that perhaps offers a preview of what’s to come from this talented producer.
This wine tastes great chilled, or served at room temperature.
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