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J Plates - EP Reivew: Telepathy

26 Nov 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi

Here's the second EP by DJ Producer J Plates. Riding on the crest of a busy year, J Plates released a single earlier this year on Skalator Music that gained attention from some of the biggest artists and promoters in the scene. He then completed two new EP's; New Perspectives and Telepathy.

The first track on Telepathy, Dreamcatcher, starts off with a banging breakbeat which is later followed by a nice sounding arrangement of synthesised sounds. When the bass drops, we're hit with a very impressive sub bass. The whole song is banging at this point, which makes it feel fresh and magnetic. It does have a random vocal that fades in throughout the song that adds a human element to the song. This track really sets the benchmark for the remainder of the EP.

The next track on the EP is the title track Telepathy. Starting with some synth sounds and keys, a simple melody line is then added, and it gradually builds. The beat and bass line sound sick! This song is very unique - it sounds like nothing I've ever heard before. The beat and bass line hold this track together well, as the minor sounding melody line chops and changes throughout.

Divergence starts off with a high pitched keyboard sound in a major key. Later it's joined by the beat and a harmonising melody. Again, J Plates has another totally exclusive tune. Divergence is a happy sounding song with a mean sounding bass line that works with the drum beat so well. There's some really interesting scratching pitch bending sounds in the background when the song is in full tilt.

The intro of Seeds of Change begin with a synth beat, which complements the great drum beat and bass line well, adding strength to the mix. This track has a chill feel to it, there's a recorded vocal that plays throughout the song, which sounds like a scientist. It makes the song sound deep with the different aphorisms from the vocals playing throughout the song.

There's loads of atmospheric sounds and keys on the intro of final track True Sound. With another banging drum beat and bass line, this song has a stronger sound compared to other songs on the EP. There is a variation of different sounds happening in the background, and the beat and bass line gels everything together perfectly. This is quite a funky sounding track with spaced out keys and ambience.

Telepathy is another great offering from J Plates; it offers different feel to previous EP New Perspectives with deeper sounds. My favourite track was Dreamcatcher with its jungle elements. The tracks Seeds of Change and True Sound were the next strongest tracks in my opinion. Overall, Telepathy is an awesome EP best described as a journey to the deep DnB Jungle vibes.

Listen to Telepathy here

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About J Plates

J Plates has spent over a decade honing his skills as a versatile Producer / DJ capable of reaching an international audience. New Zealand born and now based in the UK, his tracks have become recognised for their sonic qualities, rich in atmospheric character & influenced by a more nostalgic and musical sound within the Drum & Bass and Electronic Music spectrums.

Having released a handful of material on labels throughout the UK and Europe between 2013/14 (Sonata Recordings, Offworld Recordings, Deafmuted Records, Liquid Brilliants), and receiving support from a reputable list of established artists such as; Klute, Vice Versa, Stunna, Chris Sabian, Con*Natural (aka MC Conrad), and Random Movement, J Plates veered into harder edged territory with his debut EP release for Greek label Audio Theory Records during the first half of 2015. The title track Defeat The Purpose became a regular track for Commercial Suicide label boss Klute, during one of his world touring circuits: “People get excited when it comes in; It’s got great energy.” – Klute.

Further highlights for the NZ producer included a support slot opening for Dave Owen (Good Looking Records / Liquid V) at the legendary Stamina nights in San Francisco, followed by a support slot closing for NZ heavyweights Truth (Deep Medi Musik) both taking place midway through the year.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for J Plates


Telepathy EP [OMNIEP189]
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Visions EP [OMNIEP085]
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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