Jamael Dean is a 20 year old prodigy who has already performed with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Niño. His transcendent and ethereal qualities can be found all over his new project Black Space Tapes, a stunning collection of gorgeously composed spiritual jazz tracks that perfectly encapsulate his musical aura.
“Akamara” is a stunning 11 minute opener, with meditative horn sections that add this soulful, angelic quality that floats throughout the track, as the drumming captivates as well. The track builds and collapses with ethereal synths, horns and keys throughout. The colourful and piano-heavy “Adawa” is another fantastic track on the album, as it brings thrilling energy throughout. “Kronos” features some angelic vocals and a stunningly beautiful synths. The remix to “Akamara” brings more poignant drumming. “Olokun” brings more of a disorienting beat, making it a brilliant track. “Emi” features some spoken word moments and an immersive beat that features intricate drumming and keys. Overall, Jamael Dean has released one terrific body of work, and I’m blown away by the density and intricacy of his music.
Listen to Black Space Tapes below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Stones Throw Records.