JMAA has worked under a varied range of aliases these last few years and experimented with various styles of music. His music is usually heavily inspired by videogames, Japanese culture, occultism and vampirism. JMAA’s latest release is a three-sided single titled “CUNT – それは楽しみです, それは楽しみです” which translated, apparently means “it is pleasure.”
On the fringes of music you can find some really interesting things. It’s a journey that’s often worth taking – trying to uncover artists doing something unique and passionate in the face of everything corporate and mainstream.
JMAA is one of those examples of true gems that can only really be found with a little searching. From the opening notes of the first song, JMAA lures you into his state of mind – darkness, beauty, wonder and reflection. There are no real hooks or catchy melodies, but rather hypnotic synth lines and bursts of carefully constructed percussion.
JMAA has managed to create a work which feels like a full bearing of the soul, in turns harrowing and uplifting. It’s a gradual kind of listening experience, and concentrates on quiet, persistent build-ups that weave in and out of the foreground, while the beats are gradual but insistent for the most part.
The music is elaborate and palpable, yet sort of experimental, dense, and substantial. It hooks you with strange vibes that you don’t perceive at first, but for some reason you can’t stop listening. Every time you listen to these tracks, something will stay in your head for hours later–a particular sample, rhythm, sound, or just the overall feel of a track. For me, it’s the strange EDM feel of “How Sick Can We Become”.
Whether or not the tracks on “CUNT” required differing technical skills or equipment, it is evident that JMAA has the ability to create unique soundscapes and create chord progressions and place samples in such a way that it creates a feel that is totally his and can only be described as JMAA.
The single has an emotional depth that takes you in, surrounds you, and makes you forget about reality. It is one of those tracks, though, that takes a few listens before you truly appreciate it. I recommend this single to anyone who appreciates unique electronic music, comparable to the trillwave, cloudrap or crunkwave subgenres, or music that has depth and pushes the boundaries.
“CUNT” has slightly eerie atmospheric textures over backbeats and grooves that will seep into your brain!