This is what the future sounds like, packed in a little box, covered with pearls and sexy magic.
This heavy, expertly mastered 12″ vinyl includes two original Evy Jane tracks, as well as remixes from Taal Mala and Max Ulis. The digital version includes additional remixes from Andy Dixon and Julien Mier. Purchase of the record includes a download to the entire release.
mastered by Simon Davey
mastered by Shawn Hatfield
Artwork by Evy Jane
Video by Jason C. Myers
Experimental electronic musicians aren’t quite done yet finding new ways to creatively deface traditional R&B. In the past three years alone, they’ve pushed it underwater and listened to it sing from beneath the waves; tossed it on a bonfire and recorded the sound of it melting; watched it evaporate and recorded the fumes. It’s sturdy music, built on rock-solid devotionals and written according to strict dictates, so can withstand all this formal tinkering while holding onto its soul. Vancouver duo Evy Jane are the latest to bat at the music like curious cats, and in their “Say So,” vocalist Evelyn Mason sings like she’s stumbling around a room filled with hard objects under a codeine haze. The lyrics hint darkly at similar sentiments: “There was something in the things you gave me/I was losing all my self control.” It’s a queasy performance, and the stumbling knock of the drums underlines it. All of this is intriguing, and eyebrow-raising, but what raises the song firmly out of the realm of “art-student-fuckery” is the piercing chorus, where Mason pleads repeatedly: “Didn’t I tell you/Not to be so kind to me?” Stunning.
There’s plenty of hibernal R&B doing the rounds at the moment, and with winter digging in it’s starting to feel all the more appropriate.
Canadians Evy Jane can perhaps bring bitter experience to the table – the image of log cabins and fur-coated wanderers populating a snow-covered wilderness seems to be borne out by the video to their debut single, Sayso.
Sonically, it’s a perfect match for the perpetual gloaming of deep winter: subdued chords are framed by a skeletal kick-and-stick arrangement, buoyed up by a periodic injection of smooth, lumbering bassweight. Singer Evelyn Mason’s voice doesn’t stray beyond a sepulchral sigh, just the barest wisps of soul curling off it like smoke.
In advance of experimental R&B duo Evy Jane’s forthcoming self-titled 12″, the pair has released this video for the record’s featured track, “Sayso.” The video, crafted by director Jason C. Meyers, matches the somber, low-end-heavy track well, showing Vancouver-based duo Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein at an isolated cabin during the winter. While the tune does go heavy on the vocals, Mason’s voice is solid and, more importantly, the track’s sharp, icy production is simply too good to ignore.
Vancouver duo Evy Jane has no business being this good. After all, there’s nothing particularly innovative about the group’s music. The plodding, purple-tinged beats sound like a toned-down version of what producers like Guido were turning out a couple of years back. Singer Evelyn Mason has an oddly seductive little voice, but she’s not exactly a virtuoso and her vocals are literally all over these songs. At first glance, it would be easy to write off Evy Jane as a watered-down, pop-oriented take on what’s being bandied about as “bass music.” There’s only one problem: the songs are actually quite good.
Lead track “Sayso”—you may remember the video we posted a few weeks ago—is the undeniable star here, a track underpinned by a stuttering bassline and gently clacking percussion. Some mellow synths and lightly warbling melodies work their way into the mix, but the tune puts Mason’s vocals front and center. Harkening back to the soulful voices that haunted the best of ’90s trip-hop, Mason breathily coos her way through the song’s four-minute run time, anchoring the proceedings without ever getting too showy. Somehow, by holding back just a touch, Mason amplifies the weight of an already sexy song.
The record’s other original offering, “Ohso,” utilizes a similar formula, although Evy Jane layers a thick syrup of lurching synths over the track’s off-kilter, hip-hop-flavored beat. The song also finds Mason belting it out a little more on the vocal front, but still reigning herself in enough to prevent things from sounding over the top. “Ohso” also finds Mason and her production partner, Jeremiah Klein, throughly manipulating and layering her vocals. That said, while many artists operating in a similar sonic sphere automatically resort to furious chopping and mindless pitch-shifting, Evy Jane largely leaves Mason’s vocal tones intact, smartly realizing that the beauty of her vocals is one of the strongest elements at work in the duo’s music.
Evy Jane also includes a number of remixes. Vancouver mainstay Max Ulis tackles “Ohso,” interestingly layering Mason’s voice over a clacking techno 4/4 and folding in a thick, dubstep-indebted bassline. Taal Mala, another Vancouver artist, takes “Sayso” even further into the dark and murky atmospheres of classic dubstep, even utilizing some subtly wobbling bass sounds. The final two remixes, from Dutch producer Julien Mier and another Vancouver resident, Andy Dixon, are only available on the digital release. The former finds the Dutch producer slowly morphing “Sayso” into a spastic, juke-influenced workout, while the latter is a less effective, Auto-Tune-dominated effort that attempts to transform “Ohso” into a glossy pop track.
That small misstep notwithstanding, Evy Jane is an impressive first salvo from this Vancouver duo. At present, the outfit is nimbly walking a line that balances pop tendencies with some of the best elements of low-end-oriented electronic music. Only time will tell if Evy Jane can continue to move ahead without tumbling to one side or the other.
We recently posted a video for the original version of “Sayso” by experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, made up of Vancouver residents Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Now, we have a remix from Julien Mier, who gives the track a thick and steady hip-hop beat, and a more structured feel by rearranging the once breathy, crooning vocals into short, rhythmic phrases. This regularity doesn’t last too long, however, as after two minutes of a straightforward beat, the song breaks down, changes tempo, and enters into a dreamy series of chopped vocals and bubbling synths. Both the remix and original can be found on the digital version of Evy Jane’s self-titled debut, which came out digitally earlier this week on King Deluxe. The wax version won’t have this particular remix on it, but does contain two originals, along with remixes by Taal Mala and Max Ulis, and will be ready for shipping in the near future.
Hotly tipped debut from Vancouver’s Evy Jane duo – a strong selection for fans of The Weeknd, James Blake, Clams Casino, R Kelly. The two tracks of ‘Evy Jane’ evoke the warmest R&B intimacies but perhaps from an isolated, wintry stance. It’s music to soundtrack bleak, gloomy evenings in northern climes, from the viscous subbass ooze and lonely vocals of ‘Sayso’ to the slow, air-quivering synth dissonance and lowlit booomp/clap flow of ‘Ohso’. Those vocals and lingering riffs provide strong source material for the remixes, coming as blurry Garage from Max Ulis, and ice-melting bass warmth from Taal Mala, or taut, mercurial glitch from Julien Mier and Andy Dixon’s autotuned twinkler. Ace.
King Deluxe’s very first vinyl release goes to the Vancouver duo of singer/keyboardist Evelyn Jane Mason and beatsmith Jeremiah Klein, who make eyes-down dubstep(ish) songs that proves this stuff has the potential for pop without resorting to histrionics. If the sudden turn to wax is supposed to mean something, it’s easy to see why: these songs are the best to hit King Deluxe yet.
Forgive the reductionism, but maybe the best way to describe this release is Emika with a little dusting of Cat Power singing over early James Blake. It certainly sounds that way with “Sayso,” a gracefully shuddering dubstep track that tiptoes over creaky floorboards with bits of melody fluttering away in breezes. Mason’s lyrics are darkly sensual, threading a defensive anxiety and subtle sexuality through her husky multi-tracked voice. On “Sayso” it’s a bewitching whisper and on the punch-drunk swagger of “Ohso” it’s a soaring croon, couching a hook in folds of dubby percussion and see-saw synths.
The single is backed with two remixes from Vancouver underground cornerstones. Taal Mala does a subtle tweak job of “Sayso,” laying a steady foundation of throbbing sub that nicely complements Mason’s vocal, but it’s the other remix that looms over the rest of the release. Max Ulis shows off his recent move to house with a fantastic but gentle rework of “Ohso,” pushing those synths to the background and replacing the skip with a dry skeleton rattle, a bed of uncomfortably parched drums where the bass comes from painful collision rather than the warm swells of sub we often associate with “bass music.” Lightly altering her vocal and sprinkling choice phrases over his haggard house, it’s Ulis’ best work yet.
Just when you thought the phenomenon of the Weeknd would burn bright and unchallenged on the East Coast, Vancouver duo Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein rise up, armed with their deadly self-titled debut EP that features two originals and remixes by the likes of Andy Dixon and Julien Mier. Claws sharpened and faux-fur flying, Evy Jane is out to battle the Weeknd for the Canadian experimental R&B crown. Their first attack is the sultry yet disturbing ballad “Sayso” set to a frozen yet fuzzy video that perfectly captures the woozy instrumental and seemingly conflicted lyrics. When their EP drops on February 20th, care of the flourishing King Deluxe Records, The Weeknd had better watch his ace. There’s a new kid in town.
Their tracks are hazy, synth-laden future-RnB affairs, with a catchy pop sensibility resulting in a finished product that is highly relistenable – surely due in part to Evelyn Jane’s ethereal vocals. Max Ulis delivers a remix of “Ohso” in a stripped down, shuffling garage/house vibe to great effect, while Taal Mala‘s remix of “Sayso” is a stuttering post-dubstep joint – the depth and stereo movement on his drums are really spectacular on this one.
Un duo de Vancouver , Evelyn Mason et Jeremiah Klein. Un vinyle à sortir d’ici la fin du mois de février. Un morceau pour tomber amoureux. Gare à la foudre.
Le duo s’appelle Evy Jane, le single Sayso. Univers trouble, réminiscence de trip-hop, XLR8R parle de « R&B expérimental ». Tout ce que l’on peut dire c’est que ce voyage dans le monde des ombres, sensuel et hypnotique n’est pas prêt de nous lâcher…
Evy Jane is het samenwerkingsverband van de muzikanten Evelyn Mason en Jeremiah Klein. Samen maken zij fragiele electronica met invloeden uit genres als R&B en UK Bass. In maart verschijnt een titelloze 12″ van het duo met daarop onder meer het mooie ‘Sayso’, waarvan je hieronder de sfeervolle videoclip kunt bekijken. Verder leuk om te weten; Nederlandse producer Julien Mier maakte een remix van single ‘Sayso’ die in maart op de digitale remix-bundel zal verschijnen.
First Jay Z big ups indie rock, then upstarts like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean start to put an alt spin on modern R&B. Continuing in the latter direction, Vancouver duo Evy Jane claim to be inspired by “UK bass, gospel and noise”. Their first single, “Sayso”, is a little more straightforward than that; it could almost be a Weeknd remix of a mainstream R&B track. Certainly Evelyn Mason’s ethereal vocals combine dream pop with the immediacy of tradition-bound neo-soul. It’s Jeremiah Klein’s murky analogue beats that draw a line in the sand and evoke the “experimental” tag.
Vancouver glitch-pop duo are set to release the shadowy, pulsing 12-inch, SAYSO / OHSO, on February 20th. Listen as vocalist Evelyn Mason’s haunted croon mixes with warped synths and glitchy accents over waves of pulsing, asymmetrical rhythm.
Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein make up the Vacouver-based R&B experiment, Evy Jane. Their soon to be released 12″ on King Deluxe features two originally composed recordings and two reworks of each the numbers.
The EP’s title track finds itself nestled into a sub-terrain of Evelyn’s mind-bending precision to effortlessly lay her words on gallantly gaping floating rhythm provided by the kinetics of Mr.Klein. ‘SAYSO’ also gets remix treatment from Taal Mala which is featured last on the release.
The second track, ‘Ohso’, is an electrifying paradigm of just how gripping and exciting this duo’s collaboration really is. Again, Ms. Evy Jane passionately echoes her vocals over a bang-filled dubby beat that is ever so clear and concise. Max Ulis turns up the bpm on the original to fabricate a fine timed remix, which is also featured on the EP.
2012 keeps bringing good things my way. The good folks over at King Deluxe are preparing their first physical release in Evy Jane‘s Sayso 12″. The project focuses on slithering alt-RnB, built on the quality and sensibilty of UK bass and filtered through a lens smeared with what’s left of post-rave culture. Yeah, that was an elaborate description, but Vancouver’s Evy Jane is not easy to describe. This is a nice maturation for King Deluxe – a smooth comedown from their erratic, beatcentric catalogue. Head over to Bandcamp and preview the single, which also has a couple pro refixes from Vancity bass stalwarts Max Ulis and Taal Mala, and pre-order the vinyl.
saving what might be the best for last.. EVY JANE. evy jane. evy jane. i dunno what to say. i saw her perform for the first time earlier this year, up in slocan valley actually, and it was special. she was singing and playing the organ with tastefully glitched out and side-chainy beats that were just right amount of heavy. beautiful voice, inspired melodies, effortlessly future, actual music. she’s got one tune on soundcloud – check that ish out. and next time she’s playing – check that ish out.  i don’t know what else she’s got in the works, but i seriously can’t wait.
Crazy good new video from Vancouver experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, comprised of vocalist Evelyn Mason and producer Jeremiah Klein (of Basketball fame). From what I heard from one Andrew Ryce, the duo stole the show at New Forms last year… definitely one of the most inventive and engaging acts coming out of Vancouver right now, I’m excited for their upcoming proper release (with remixes by my friends/YVR dons Taal Mala and Max Ulis) and to catch these guys next time they play.
If some alluring, angel-faced R&B artist would have called upon the people of ~scape for advice or help with production, the result could have been something like “Sayso”. Introspective R&B, whispered and textured, sensual in its wintery beauty: that’s what Evy Jane, a Vancouver-based project by Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein has to offer.
Well well well, we’re posting about another Nu R&B artist we’re into, surprise. Evy Jane is a Canadian duo who (in the photo above) are to fine relatively young stunners. No suprise here it that we only have 1 track to go by again, but ‘Sayso’ definitely sets some differences aside from the numerous other R&B ‘hype stars’ we’re all listening too. For once the lyrics aren’t stupidly sleazy, the vocal is hazily delicate giving the track a real sense of innocence. In contrast with that the production is much darker than most. bordering many similar drum patterns and samples that have been knocking around in the UK bass world in recent times. The video doesn’t really represent them much apart from their Canadian home with all that snow.
This new duo from Vancouver are ringing in influences from genres such as ambient electronica, R&B, and some grimy tripped-out elements of James Blake‘s take on dubstep.
Ladies and gents, it looks like we’ve got ourselves another good alternative r&b artist…
Другую вселенную, ту, где The Weeknd не жует сопли, придумывать не надо. Она есть там же, в Канаде. Дуэт Evy Jane добивается того, что у белых людей не выходит даже с трудом: они крестят R&B с басовой музыкой из-за океана, и получается естественно. В лесу неподалеку от Ванкувера холодно, все завалено снегом — разумнее было бы достать гитару и бренчать бон ивера. Но нет же, рождается не уродец, а прекрасный припев, под который не стыдно мерзнуть поздно вечером. Чувствуется, что за песней стоит не кукла-наркоман, а живой человек, выросший из культуры, где анонимность и затворничество ценятся выше всего.
Evy Jane is an R&B duo out of Vancouver ready to make a splash in the sexual grooves scene this year. Watch the video for the song ‘Sayso’ below. It has a pretty melancholy tick and thump bass-line and subdued female vocals, just what you want for these colder days.
ENVY EVY. THE NEW RNB TINGED BASS LOVELINESS FROM EVY JANE IS SERIOUS.
The collaboration between Vancouver’s Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein is a dark, sassy bassline RnB EP that joins the dots between James Blake and Little Dragon.
Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein make up the Vacouver-based R&B experiment, Evy Jane. Their soon to be released 12″ on King Deluxe features two originally composed recordings and two reworks of each the numbers.
The EP’s title track finds itself nestled into a sub-terrain of Evelyn’s mind-bending precision to effortlessly lay her words on gallantly gaping floating rhythm provided by the kinetics of Mr.Klein. ‘SAYSO’ also gets remix treatment from Taal Mala which is featured last on the release.
The second track, ‘Ohso’, is an electrifying paradigm of just how gripping and exciting this duo’s collaboration really is. Again, Ms. Evy Jane passionately echoes her vocals over a bang-filled dubby beat that is ever so clear and concise. Max Ulis turns up the bpm on the original to fabricate a fine timed remix, which is also featured on the EP. Pre-order the release over here and stream it below on the label’s bandcamp. Also, check out the beautifully rendered music video for ‘SAYSO’…
Fantástico proyecto venido de Vancouver –actualmente, al igual que Canadá en general, una de las mecas de la reconstrucción Pop/R&B a partir de equivalencias electrónicas– formado por la pareja Evelynn Mason y Jeremiah Klein, bautizados como Evy Jane y con la inminente llegada de su EP debut via King Deluxe en el punto de mira. Trazos realmente sensitivos que conectan la tradición UK-Bass, el Gospel, las más sedosas texturas Pop y la increíble y detallista producción, algo que tiene su máxima expresión en “Sayso”, track extraído de este 12 homónimo que verá la luz el próximo 20 de Febrero y que recibe joint visual a cargo de Jason C Myers. Claroscuros, nieve, frío, humedad y ambos protagonistas magníficamente retratados. Déjate llevar por la profundidad de este excitante track…
“This is not the same base music we listened to in 2011 this is something entirely different…Its fucking AMAZING”
If Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye was the Baby Making music for our parents then Evy Jane is its equivalent for our generation. Each track on their upcoming 12” speaks to you on so many deep levels. Evy’s Vocals are strangely haunting while literally making you melt, meanwhile the impressive baseline effortlessly keeps you grooving and keeps wishing that the rhythm will not end.
EVY JANE is the experimental R&B project of Vancouver-based musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. As a fellow Canadian I am proud to say that we finally have our very own Base Music Duo that is actually fucking amazing. Its is absolutely no secret that we at LYFSTYL love us some R&B music, that relies heavily on post-dubstep.
Mason and Klein are not new to the music scene they were heavily involved in Vancouver’s Rave culture. Each having performed at various festivals, and with Klein having been part of organizing some of Vancouver’s most memorable dance parties. Asides from this background in the electronic music scene. Mason sung Jazz, and Klein has made music as Phōwa, as well he’s in a Vancouver band Basketball that’s toured a fair bit. So this transition into R&B base music was only natural.
Das kanadische Duo Evy Jane, bestehend aus Evelyn Mason und Jeremiah Klein, hat mit “Sayso” einen wirklich hörenswerten Ohrenschmaus gebastelt. Die sanften Vocals nehmen einen sofort auf eine kleine verträumte Reise mit. Smooth trifft es wahrscheinlich am besten. Die zwei experimentierfreudigen Musiker verbinden R&B und Alternative auf eine neue und interessante Art und Weise.
Canada hasn’t been playing games since Feist blew up. The country is Diet America, but their music is heat rock. Evy Jane is a duo from Vancouver making music that can only be described as “experimental r & b.” There are influences of everything from industrial noise to UK Dub in their music, and their new single “Sayso” is a good indication of what’s to come from this duo.
The Andy Dixon remix of Evy Jane’s “OHSO” is so beautiful, it hurts.
EVY JANE, the experimental R&B duo from Vancouver of Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein have released an enchanting, blurred and ethereal self-titled EP featuring two original tacks and a few remixes. Digital format drops today on King Deluxe, following with vinyl release in March.
Sayso is a perfect soundtrack to a lazy Indian Summer afternoon, when everything seems to be ‘frozen’ with overwhelming heat. Mesmerizing post-dubstep drums and beat, spaced-out vocals and beautiful synths really melted my mind. I thought this was a perfect, gripping tune until I’ve heard Taal Mala’s remix :) He placed a few bleeps and beeps here and there, played with synths a bit, thus making it even more dreamy and psychedelic. This track has stuck in my player for good! Ohso is a more conventional treat, a synth-ladden bass trip through rather well-explored territories, but quite catchy nonetheless. As in the case of the former tune, Max Ulis has done a great job refixing Ohso into nicely rolling future garage thing. Remixes by Julien Mier and Andy Dixon, available only in digital format, add more nice flavors to the package. Another strong release from the Canadian label. Highly recommended by Doktor Krank.
Released on King Deluxe, Evy Jane has just appeared out of nowhere with two tracks ‘Ohso’ and ‘Sayso’, with 4 remixes. Two are incredible, from Julien Mier and Max Ulis.
Mier describes this track as ‘hypertextures’ and I think that’s probably the closest possible description. It’s as if Shlohmo, Bop and Squarepusher made a seriously awesome hybrid.
I have been keeping a keen eye on the Canadian King Deluxe label for a little while now. The label, which is home to artists like Alphabets Heaven and Fancy Mike (who I interviewed for the site late last year here), brings together an eclectic stable of artists under its umbrella with a focus on forward-thinking electronic music. The latest release from the label comes courtesy of experimental Canadian duo Evy Jane, whose self-titled EP is out digitally this week with the vinyl on its way early next month. Evy Jane is the moniker for the experimental collaboration between fellow Vancouver-based musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Joining forces on this 12″, their individual musical backgrounds collide in these two beautiful and haunting compositions.
‘Sayso’ is a well conceived slice of sparse, emotive and forward-thinking pop music. Framed by the stagger of the hollow kick and wooden snare snap, the wavering bass tones keep the track anchored down. Subdued chords paint rich hues across the track while Mason’s soft, fluctuating tones give the track an almost painful sense of fragility and yearning. Echoes of richer instrumentation threaten to break through the track without ever fully forming, adding to the drunken haze that ties it together. The track is also accompanied by the beautifully evocative video which you can watch below. ’Ohso’ is a richer, brighter counterpart. Emerging from the disorientating, texturally thick ether, it rides a similarly skeletal drum pattern that pivots around the lurching bass swells underneath while swollen buzzing synths burn out from the tracks core. Here Mason’s vocals become stronger too, piercing through and rising above the waves of melody and brought into relief as the track is hollowed out into its rough-cut shell.
Fellow Vancouver resident Max Ulis takes on ‘Ohso’ brilliantly. Tying the track to the metronomic 4×4 kick and reining in the synths, he allows the vocals to find a new clarity as Mason’s rich tones melt over the loose percussion. Never letting the synths unfurl fully, the track is motored by a tense, anticipative atmosphere. Staying true to the original in structure and arrangement, Taal Mala delivers a remix of ‘Sayso’, adding jutting, dubbed out chords and oozing bass tones that give it a dizzying spatial fluidity. The digital version also comes with two additional remixes. Julien Mier interprets ‘Sayso’, chopping it up and stitching it together into a fluttering, intoxicating arrangement while Andy Dixon flips ‘Ohso’ unleashing its latent RnB sensibilities with airy keys, autotuned vocal treatment and a crisp percussive edge, before taking it into darker territory with glitchy edits and heated bass tones.
Here’s a special treat: Max Ulis does a mesmerizing remix of the track “Ohso” by Evy Jane.
I just can’t get enough of that loping beat, laced with silky svelte lyrics: it’s a real Vibe Train, heralding the arrival of another outstanding collaboration that will have you reaching for the repeat button as soon as it fades out.
Vancouver doesn’t strike me as a hotbed of post-R&B+dub innovation, but I could be wrong. Case in point, this insanely lava-hot single from Canadian duo vocalist Evelyn Mason and producer Jeremiah Klein. It’ll melt the snow off yr winter heart, that’s for sure.
Evy Jane could well be huge. Their single ‘Sayso’, out this week on King Deluxe, is a beautiful piece of understated pop, arctic vocals coalescing with hollow, ‘CMYK’-esque percussion.
But the b-side is just as interesting. Beginning like a halftime ‘Natalia’s Song’, Max Ulis’ remix of ‘Ohso’ is positively seeping with malice. Evelyn Jane Mason’s vocal always had something of the closet axe murderer about it, but the haunted-merry-go-round loops have upped the Shining content by orders of magnitude.
This is the best thing I’ve heard all week. This sort of sensual, sexual take on r&b aesthetics that Canadians have been dropping continues to sound better than pretty much anything else right now.
And like lightening out of which is obscurity, the world is introduced to the electricity that is Evy Jane. While the artist is definitely on our radar from here on out, her new EP which features this incredible remix by Max Ulis has just been released by the always pristine King Deluxe. A funky, little weirdo garage vibe, with just the right amount of timid darkness; “Ohso” stood out as a gratuitous bobber as is but when put through Ulis’s rundown; “Ohso” becomes a monster.
It’s like floating in a gravy boat through valleys and mountains of mashed potatoes with a hungry lover.
– MadCoins (talking about Julien Mier’s remix)
Vancouver’s singer, keyboardist Evelyn Jane Mason and beat maker Jeremiah Klein go by the name of Evy Jane. Together, they have prepared “Say So,” a creepy yet seductive track that only slightly teeters into the realm of dubstep. Ms. Mason’s multitracked voice forces her sexually charged words into your system, leaving you in goosebumps. As she starts to repeat, “you’re my daddy, you’re my daddy,” you can feel the intensity of this submissive, dark relationship. Her subtle dominance over the song resembles that of Andrea Triyana’s voice in Flying Lotus’s “Tea Leaf Dancers,” which almost says enough for Klein’s outstanding, eternally chill production. He finds a middle ground between the now storied LA based, Brainfeeder producer and James Blakes’s early instrumental work, building the track with a steady pulse surrounded by shuttering effects. “Say So” is the ultimate combination of sexy and cool.
We recently have hosted two features concerning the Canadian label King Deluxe. Two interviews: one with the people of the label and one interview with Aleph, a new impressive artist from Russia. We have received also few of the releases of the label, among those releases, there is also the single of Evy Jane “says no” . Evy Jane “says no” according an article on RA is the very first vinyl release of King Deluxe. Evy Jane are the duo from Vancouver (singer/keyboardist Evelyn Jane Mason and beatsmith Jeremiah Klein). “The vocals of Evelyn on “Says so” in combination with a very proper post dubstep inspired sound makes a very exceptional result. The dark atmosphere and sensuality of this release is definitely the main impression you get at first. Besides the original version, on this release you may also find interesting the two remixes by two artists from Vancouver scene named Max ulis and Taal Mala. A highly recommended release from us today.
I know the sexualisation of R&B has been overdone to a point where it has become sexually gratifying, big arses and jiggly tits sitting and dancing on Hummers, where the amount of fuel one can afford to consume relates to the size of your dick, and this sells records. So where does Evy Jane fit in and why are they categorizing themselves as R&B alongside Pop?
Evy Jane gives you R&B sex in a low-riding Morris 1000, running on the vocals of a harmonious Evelyn Mason, on the depth and width of the backseat from funky drop beats created by Jeremiah Klein.
Evy Jane are these two collaborators, Mason and Klein, that are part of a global Vancouver-based outfit of collective artists called King Deluxe, which I can categorically say are producing some far away trip pop, and what can only be described as trip breaks/core (check ‘Vodka on Patio’ by Aleph and Vaetxh’s ‘Mass’).
Evy Jane bring a smoother sexier edge to this outfit, and are the first to be released on King Deluxe vinyl. I think this is because Kingdeluxe know what they have here, and the spinning wheel complements other collaborating artists (remixes by Max Ulis of Ohso and Julien Mier Sayso push the limits of the records consummately, not so much with Taal Mala, and no comment on Andy Dixon).
Sayso and Ohso hold trip pop overtures in the background grooves that gives a melodic humming, and skewing of non-offensive ambience, which nibbles on your ear and jaggers the hips into action, making a sound that accompanies Evy’s talented pitched voice.
Evy Jane’s sounds of warmth and narrative, are held together like a warm slice of freshly-cut bread that would melt butter fresh out of the fridge; penetrating body and mind in their conjoined harmony, rolling on, not over, samples, each as provocative as the last and produced to the highest quality.
Evy Jane’s sound is definitely a fine specimen for the ears with enough creativity to carry the continuity, wilfully un-carried, and majestically accompanied with flag-raising lyrics.
I would quite happily have someone drop Sayso or Ohso in any rammed club, or stick it on whilst shopping in an empty Tesco’s at 4 o’clock in the morning as you graze like a zebra, and then jump into taxi with Pocahontas to carry on smoking her 100 year-old pipe, which is then interrupted by some cheaply synthesised and celebrated American R&B put on by another housemate.
A little bit like the slaughter that is celebrated every year in the form of ‘thanksgiving’, nasty R’n’B is is instead celebrated and performed at the AMA’s (such as domestically abusive Chris Brown (won 2008/performed 2011) or a homophobic Eminem (won 2009/performed 2010)).
Evy Jane doesn’t fit the mould of beaten up diva and socially incapable trailer trash. This doesn’t mean Evy Jane won’t make a mark on the scene that they affiliate with, if anything they give a freshness to an archaic and typecast R&B panorama.
Sayso shows Evy Jane’s most promiscuous side, lyrically poignant in holding one under a spell, like a zebra staring at Tesco’s shopping trolleys, or your Pocahontas as you watch her every move when she rolls that stomach to mellow grooves etched into dark vinyl, bringing a throb to your fore as you wonder whether striking gold may have been too true, and that life has never been better. Sayso encapsulates all these metaphors and similes, and mingles with your thoughts correctly.
Sayso’s sound holds up as much as the lyrics, a collective of rolling drops, woody rises and knocks, a flurry of wobble and funk, which together will move your feet on the club floor, and release one’s stiff joints in a wakening simulation as you go through the motions.
Like the slow movement of cumulonimbus lit up by street lights, Sayso lets your mind wonder and drift into the night, letting you be the fox of the city, and move in confident drifts of your subconscious along rhythmic vocals and toning subbass.
Ohso goes a little deeper. It propels fourth an edgier cutting sound that removes the daylight from your wakening simulation in Sayso, and gives you a ruder, ‘look at me, I’m not arrogant but I know some stuff you don’t’ kind of sound.
Ohso also introduces a short and rightful male voice sample, which meets the Ms./Miss. Mason with a Livingstonian Victoria Falls-styled ‘Mr. Klein I presume?’, it is an utter complement to the record and emphasised by the move-mental basslines and samples.
Ohso enters the room like Jagger at Carley Simon’s house party: an eloquent and knowing entrance of tantalizing whisper, beat, and drop, with a sound knowledge that Ohso is just as good as Sayso, and that zebra and Pocahontas are sitting in the corner smoking their pipe enjoying the second set of fine grooves.
Ohso’s body has a different punch to Sayso, but is still on the same trip. I suppose what I mean by this is that it is definitively more punchy in beat and forceful in vocal tone. It says sit up zebra, Pocahontas wants to get deep. Put that pipe down because you’ll need two hands to keep this one down. Stop chatting shit, its time to talk through these lyrical algorithms whilst we feel the touch of these tasty basslines. Zebra, ‘ok lets go to Vancouver’, Pocahontas, ‘I’m seeing black and white, fuck me’.
Pocahontas and zebra don’t fit into your normal story lines of popular music, and neither do Evy Jane. But then again neither do Radiohead, Portishead, Massive Attack, or Nivana, but their sounds are recognised across the globe, played in shops, bars and on adverts.
What Evy Jane are saying through Ohso and Sayso to this black and white industry is that they can fit into the boardroom, but choose not to, and prefer to sit sexy in a truly global collective with comrades from across the globe. One glitch with this is the naming of the tracks, but I suppose it works for popular and boardrooms, and this is why they categorise themselves as they do.
If you don’t buy this LP or download it, Pocahontas will be beaten up by someone resembling Chris brown, and zebra will be mistakenly seen as homosexual and then shot by a redneck poaching under the pseudonym Eminem.
Honestly, the main reason that I checked out this song by Canadian duo Evy Jane was because of Pitchfork’s excellent writeup on this track right now. The closest comparison I can think of is How To Dress Well, but “Sayso” is definitely doing its own thing and is worth checking out.
Evy Jane is the partnership of Vancouver-based musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Their debut track “Sayso” is a lurching, beat-synced, honey-sweet, deeply textured electro-pop groove that is dripping with dark ambiance and dangerous romance. Fans of indie RnB should prepare to crush hard on this one.
Experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, made up of Vancouver residents Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein, have posted a video for their new single, “Sayso.” The word for the song and the video is “icy.” The production is cool; the vocals are ethereal and float over the low-end heavy track like snow. Also, I think I’ve seen more of the white stuff in this video than I have the entire winter here in Toronto.
Hailing out of Canada’s third best city, Vancouver dark-wave R&B duo Evy Jane have just released a self-titled 12″ (digital only, physical release on its way) on Canadian collective/seller-of-creative things, King Deluxe. Their single ‘Sayso’, is currently making the rounds, and for good reason. Vocalist Evelyn Mason voice drips slowly down the sonic walls of the warping-ly cold production. Think of the sound of the track as being similar to The Weeknd’s ‘What You Need’, apathetic tendencies included (compliments, promise).
Evy Jane’s newest releases is a shadowy fissure at the core of experimental R&B. Duo Evelyn Mason & Jeremiah Klein use drifting effects, synth, and skewed drum elements to create melodic soundscapes that fix Mason’s ebbing vocals at the apex. The dusky aesthetic that hangs over the two original tracks on the tape (“Sayso” and “Ohso”) makes for a downtempo listening experience; with four remixes by Taal Mala, Max Ulis, Andy Dixon, and Julien Mier tackling both uptempo and downtempo soundscapes. This is an essential gem to have in your collection, check out “Sayso” below and make sure to check out the King Deluxe bandcamp here to purchase your copy. Also be on the look out for the 12″ vinyl of the release which will be available somewhere around mid March.
A creepy video from Vancouver duo, Evy Jane, that matches the dark sinister sound of the song. Very appropriately, lead singer Evelyn Mason repeats ‘Didn’t I tell you / Not to be so kind to me?’ for the chorus.
– The Tap
Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein combine their talents to create the experimental duo known as Evy Jane. The self-titled release offers us sophisticated vocal work, undeniably catchy, hypnotic, and soulful, caught in an equally fulfilling sub bass rich sequence of analog instruments. The release gives you two original tracks as well as remix work from Max Ulis, Taal Mala, Julien Mier and Andy Dixon.
Evy Jane’s new track, “Sayso”, is one of two songs on a self-titled EP/12-inch, which also features two remixes to go along with each of the originals. It’s an experimental bit of electronic soul, melting genres and aquatic sounds into a syrup-thick density of warped grooves, dub-beats, and lush lyricism with a seriously-seductive narcotized flow. There’s also a new video for “Sayso”, which you can watch here at vimeo or to the right of this blog in the vodpod widget. The second track, “Ohso”, is heavier and even more dense, using blips, a thumping club bass beat, and an R&B lead vocal that falls away into quieter moments. There’s a hazy, slow-tempo feel like Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Come Smoke My Herb”, or Erykah Badu’s more spaced-out efforts.
Evy Jane is Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein, who worked separately in Vancouver’s electronic scene for years before partnering up to craft incredible experimental R&B. Their self-titled debut 12” dropped a couple weeks ago and features two awesome, self-defining tracks, both devastating, moonlit slow-burners that toe a fascinating line between creepy and sexy.
“Sayso” is all minimalist, clattering backbeat, vaguely creepy synth drones bubbling up out of diffuse electronic mist; Mason’s voice is close and confessional, like a soul singer giving a back-alley performance, like Julee Cruise at Twin Peaks’ Roadhouse bar, and when she repeats “Didn’t I tell you, didn’t I tell you” it sounds almost like a threat. And its b-side “Ohso” is almost as good, as Mason takes an even more elegant stand over a skittery art-step beat. Listen.
En los ultimos años nos hemos estado encontrando con distintos proyectos electronicos los cuales crean unas mezclas del R&B mas sexual con elementos mucho mas oscuros y uno de hos mas grandes ejemplos de esto que les digo, ha sido The Weeknd. Ahora, me acabo de encontrar con esta chica llamada Evy Jane la cual podria ser la version femenina de Abel Tesfaye ya que esta haciendo un R&B atmosferico bastante hot e incluso por ahi algunas secuencias les recordaran el estilo de gente como How To Dress Well. En serio, Evy Jane es el sonido perfecto para describir e iniciar una mañana de Jueves como la de hoy en la que ademas estamos inaugurando el tercer mes de 2012. Este EP homonimo de Evy Jane salio a la venta hace algunos dias a traves del sello King Deluxe pero para que la vayan conociendo un poco mejor para que saquen su propia opinion sobre esto; escuchen aqui abajo esta excelente pieza titulada “Sayso” y dejate llevar por sus mas profundos deseos bb.
I can credit Lex Chase for showing me this song…. that girl is always on my level with music. What’s up with all these Canadian fools that know how to transform R&B into a whole new genre that is truly innovative and creative!! They are always one up on everything else. Mad respect. “Sayso” is sexy, sinister, minimal, and the beat just breathes through you. Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein as Evy Jane is a game changer for sure.
Everyone has jumped onto the revamped R&B bandwagon. I don’t get most of the neo-R&B hype, but sometimes a song comes along and I see why everyone gets all hyped about these electronically manipulated R&B tracks. Evy Jane out of Vancouver created a sultry and spooky track called Sayso. They released a 12″ with a couple of remixes and another engaging track called Ohso.
David Lynch would totally dig the elfin chill that Vancouver r&b stalwarts Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein have spun on their debut 12”. An art school web of looped backbeat and viscous synths provide ample room for Mason’s scary seductive murmurs to ensnare any would be fella in. “Be my daddy/Be my daddy/Won’t you be so kind?” sounds inane anywhere else but this ice cold siren soundscape. It rarely ventures off course, maintaining a slow but steady vector toward seduction. If the hairs on your body aren’t standing at full attention by the end of this airy minimalist sojurn, you might want to get checked out. Twin Peaks here we come.
Evy Jane est Evelyn Mason et Jeremiah Klein; tous deux ont oeuvré en tant que DJ sur la scène électronique de Vancouver pendant des années avant d’allier leurs efforts et de créer le groupe dont ils font actuellement parti. Il y a quelques semaines, le duo a lancé son premier EP éponyme (qui a passé inaperçu!) – celui-ci comporte deux chansons R&B minimalistes travaillé soin qu’on ne se lasse pas d’entendre.
Evy Jane are an experimental R&B duo based out of Vancouver and consists of musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. I’m always intrigued to hear new forms of R&B despite its sudden popularity, and Evy Jane do it so good. Sayso is a healthy mix of hard and soft; Evelyn’s voice is soulful yet light, and the beat has a hard knock with a faint fuzziness.
This morning I was listening to some remixes by Gang Colours, Two Inch Punch and Slime. Got me in the mood for warped, chopped up production. Hence, bloggin this beaut. Sexy, whispery vocals sat on top of some of the nang’est production I’ve heard in a while.
Evy Jane came out of what seems like nowhere and all of a sudden the blog world is drooling over the duo and yeah, I’m going to follow everyone else on this one. Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein are the people behind Evy Jane and according to PMA they were separately active in the electronic world of Vancouver for a few years before they linked up.
This is bedroom music, morning music, train music, you know the type. Evelyn’s voice is dripping with sensuality and the beat provides a simple yet ideal hazy platform for the vocals to glide all over. “Sayso” had me doing that thing where I zone out while I’m listening but then I somehow find myself hitting replay a few times, unsure of what actually happened while the song was playing. After multiple listens (a few more focused) I can say Evy Jane is being added to my watch list.
Evy Jane é um projecto formado por Evelyn Mason e Jeremiah Klein. Esta dupla proveniente de Vancouver (Canadá) tem trabalhado em separado na cena electrónica e agora juntaram-se para formar projecto muito interessante, caracterizado por uma sonoridade R&B muito experimental. A sua estreia foi há escassas semanas, em formato 12″, constituído por 2 faixas inéditas com algumas remisturas. As faixas chamam-se “Sayso” (cujo vídeo vamos poder ver já de seguida) e “Ohso”.
Abaixo podemos ver o vídeo de “Sayso”, tema que acho muito interessante (e que podem fazer o download, via Pretty Much Amazing), e ouvir o 12″ de estreia na íntegra, com oportunidade de compra caso gostem do que ouviram.
Vancouver duo Evy Jane come strong with new single “Sayso”. If you’re into Quadron or Kimbra or other like female-lead progressive R&B, Evy Jane is your definite go-to mix for that “special time” this weekend when the lights gets low and the mood gets soft. Too good.
“Sayso” is the new track from Vancouver duo Evy Jane, and what a seductive 4 minutes it is. Reminiscent of dub of the 90s – early Massive Attack and Tricky come to mind – vocalist Evelyn Mason sings throughout in little more than a whisper, which, when complimented by the slick backing beats, creates a song with a laid-back style perfect for chilling to. It’s a sexual listening experience, deep and reflective, and one that almost verges on being repetitive; thankfully, there are enough subtle electronic changes throughout, with additional rhythms and musical ideas entering the mix, to avoid a slump in its latter half.
It’s a slow-paced, highly-produced piece of work, and an inspiring listen that blurs the lines between R&B and other genres, much in the way that the Dirty Projectors do. Perfect for a long car journey late at night, “Sayso” seems to last longer than it actually does, which is testament to the ability of the song to linger. The last twenty seconds reveal more weird and wonderful electronic flourishes, suggesting that an upcoming full-length could be a very interesting and seamless listen. For now, “Sayso” has the sort of gritty, noir-themed sound that could help Evy Jane attain cult status.
THIS ULTRA-INTENSE BLEND OF R&B, POP, DUBSTEP WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR OF HEARING THIS SONG I HAVE LISTENED TO IT AT LEAST FIVE TIMES. THE SOFT VOCALS AND SYNCOPATED BEAT IS UNDER MY SKIN AND I CAN’T SCRAPE IT OUT. THIS VIDEO EXACTLY WHAT I PICTURE THE SONG TO LOOK LIKE. THE HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY ADDS ANOTHER LAYER OF INTRIGUE TO THE SONG. THE ELEMENT OF SHIMMER MAKES THE VIDEO UNFORGETTABLE. RELATED ARTISTS: JAMES BLAKE AND M83
Is it cold outside? Drizzling perhaps? Snuggling up to the warmth of your over-seated chair, I see. Play Canadian duo Evy Jane’s “Sayso” (taken from their self-titled EP); it’ll get you all nice and fuzzy inside like someone squeezing a tube of warm hot fudge down your esophagus.
I just found this over on Pitchfork, and It’s really good on first listen. Evy Jane is the newest electronic/R&B duo to come out in recent years, and are similar in respects to how they blur the lines between those genres with other great artists like The Weeknd, How To Dress Well, and Jai Paul. This track sounds very hazy and druggy, and the track flows very slowly, all building up to a great chorus of vocalist Evelyn Mason repeating “Didn’t I tell you not to be so kind to me?” The timing and style of this song feels very similar to the way the Weeknd released “What You Need” last year. One can only hope that Evy Jane will come close to matching the quality of his work, but this track shows they have a lot of promise.
Still talking about Experimental/Electronica music that has a distinct R&B flavor to it, Vancouver duo EVY JANE – made up of veteran musicians, Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein – are another new and emerging duo that are creating some pretty exceptional “experimental R&B” music in 2012. Their self-titled debut EP recently released via King Deluxe birthed two equally stunning original songs titled “SaySo” and the slightly darker “OhSo”. However, filled with hazy and atmospheric synth arrangements, staggering drum clatters and Evelyn’s enchanting vocals, the duo’s lead single “SaySo” is the song that made us fall in love with Evy Jane.
In the latest uprising of experimental electronic artists, Evy Jane, the duo project of Canadian musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein, recently released their latest take on electronic R&B entitled “Sayso”. What came out of it is a dark hazy track set to a foreground of steadfast beating of drums that disturb the empty background. The vocalization of Evelyn Mason is a great addition to the track as she repeatedly mumbles “didn’t I tell you, didn’t I tell you? Not to be so kind to me,” in a provocatively dark manner for much of the duration of the song. Similarly, the video for the track gives an ambiance of unblushing fear as it staggers between scenes of the outdoors covered in snow, a silhouette of a woman behind a curtain, closeups of Mason in a foreground bokeh lighting, and Klein wandering through a snowy forest.
Stumbled across this earlier today. I’ve developed a bit of a thing for odd, twisted RnB numbers of late, after falling for The Weeknd‘s blend of beautiful vocals, dark subject matter and imaginative sampling last year. Evy Jane is another Canadian export, fusing the talents of Jeremiah Klein and Evelyn Mason on vocals. The result is a spacious, stomping sound that takes in everything from Basic Channel to UK Bass.
Evy Jane categorise themselves as experimental R&B, while others are deeming them as textured-pop. If we were to compare Evy Jane, they are what Little Dragon started with, minus the soulful vibe and heavy hitting bassline – which therefore makes them a unique listen. They’re more experimental, drawing sounds from UK’s drum and bass, and fusing electronica into it.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Evy Jane are Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein, who have been working together for the past two years, performing at festivals, with Klein DJing at some of Vancouver’s exclusive parties.
The EP features two original tracks, “SAYSO” and “OHSO” followed by remixes from Canadian producers Max Ulis, Taal Mala, and Andy Dixon Dutch producer Julien Mier, each spinning their own doses of future on the two songs.
Evy Jane are “definitely” artists Muphoric Sounds will keep an eye on.
We may be late on this new track, but there’s a reason every inch of the world needs to hear it. While thousands are hooked on The Weeknd or waiting for D’Angelo to resurface, Vancouver duo EVY JANE have released a new cut that should lead every bump n’ grind playlist. Led by a seductive chorus, “Sayso”, Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein reassure what elements make up the smooth tranquility that defined 90s’ R&B, making it an undeniable tease.
Although Evelyn Jane Mason sings lines like “you’re my daddy, you’re my daddy, you’re my daddy” in a tone of desperate whisper, “Sayso” isn’t all that evocative of sex. It’s the absolute darkness and hopelessness of a mix that is comprised of a transmogrified incarnation of R&B that sounds something like dub. At points, things feel so bleak that, as hard as Mason pushes and pulls, sex doesn’t even fit into the picture. “Sayso” is, in essence, a nocturnal tune; a courageous exploration of dark emotion.
Canadian record label King Deluxe had a good range of quality releases, however only with this delightful 12″ by Evy Jane the label eventually receives the attention they deserve. Evy Jane are from Vancouver and consist of Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. The self-titled vinyl single is their first release. King Deluxe lists ‘UK bass, gospel, and noise’ as influences and coins the term ‘hyper-textural pop’ which is quite appropriate in sum. Of course the music dwells on Masons’ beautiful vocals which in combination with the Dub- and Hip Hop-influenced beats bring forth a certain nineties vibe. Think of Laika, Beth Gibbons, or early Lamb. But the instrumentals lack any trace of warming retroism and put Evy Jane nowhere else than 2012. Bittersweet electronic music for the dark at heart.
A further twist on R&B stemming from Canada, Evy Jane are Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Their twist draws from “UK bass, gospel and noise” in a partnership that “yields beat-smart, hyper-textural pop that imparts a sense of fey elegance onto sub-bass juvenile delinguency.” Indeed.
‘Sayso’ is a balmy and ruminative grind, a stunning stoner’s delight with an antsy underlay.
– Blitzl R
Evy Jane is a brand new experimental Vancouver-based R&B duo. After having worked separately for many years in Canada’s electronic scene, Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein collaborated this year in order to create a new music project. First single out of this really promising collaboration is “Sayso”, which is included in their self-titled 12″ single, that was due out last month via King Deluxe. “Sayso” is an atmospheric, sexy song, with a quality production and a rhythm that reminds us of the 90s dub sound of Massive Attack or Tricky. Evelyn’s mysterious vocals, who is almost whispering some lyrics about an apparently self-destructive kind of love, is adding even more value to the track, while a beautiful music video, directed by Jason C Myers, creates a seductive scenery which emphasises on her unique character.
Nothing like hearing a song for the first time and the only word that comes to mind is YESSSSS!!! This track is all kinds of sexy. So dark and twisty. Goosebump status. The original track is very similar to this remixed version, but I think I almost like this version better. The extra clicks and pops add even more of an edge to the overall sound. I really like the experimental sound of Evy Jane. They almost remind me of James Blake as far as the fusion of experimental RnB and Dubstep goes. I am a huge fan of any artist who is doing something unique. Even when I am not feeling the sound itself, I respect the initiative to be different. Conformity kills, no? If you like what you hear, check out their EP that dropped on iTunes March 12. Enjoy your Sunday folks. Love one another.
King Deluxe’s premiere vinyl release from Vancouver outfit Evy Jane is also one of the label’s most satisfying to date. The project pools the talents of singer/keyboardist Evelyn Jane Mason and beatmeister Jeremiah Klein, whose heady brand of slow-motion bass music we’d liken to trip-hop if it didn’t risk turning listeners away from soulful material that definitely deserves to be heard. The disc’s only downside is that, not counting remixes, it includes two Evy Jane tracks only, leaving the listener hungry for more.
Merge a snare’s high-pitched pop, a narcotic haze of crackle, and Mason’s sensual murmur (uttering lines like “There was something in the things you gave me / I was losing all my self-control”), wrap it in a lulling, quasi-dubstep beat pattern and gently swirling synth chords and you end up with the entrancing “Sayso” where Mason’s breathy warble is so blurry, one must use a micro-lense to decode the haunting chorus (“Didn’t I tell you / Not to be so kind to me?”). The recording’s second original, “Ohso,” is slightly more animated, with the broken beat pulse conveying an urgency and foreward thrust less evident in the opener. The synths surge a bit more forcefully, too, even if Mason’s voice is as languorous here as it is in the other cut—at least until a falsetto episode kicks in to amplify the overall energy level. It’s skeletal (in the classic dub sense) but mesmerizing nonetheless, with every sound signifying meaningfully.
Four remixes follow, two for each original (the vinyl includes two remixes only, whereas the digital version includes ones by Julien Mier and Andy Dixon). In the strongest of the lot, Vancouverite Max Ulis recasts “Ohso” as a hard-grooving club track, and the treatment works fabulously, especially when it undergirds Mason’s entrancing vocal with the insistence of a shuffling house pulse that’s like a sped-up Burial groove. Dixon, also Vancouver-based, normalizes “Ohso” by turning it into a glossy electro-pop confection that one might conceivably hear in between singles by Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj. Cloaking the track in a deep dub-wise throb, Taal Mala pushes “Sayso” even further into the narcoticized murk; in stark contrast, Dutch producer Julien Mier lifts it into the open air where sparkles of sunlight and a stuttering, double-time beat illuminate it. While I’ll take four originals and two remixes any day over two of the former and four of the latter, there’s no question the guests offer dramatically different spins on Evy Jane’s originals.
An immersive and dreamy remix from Julien Mier, in which he successfully embeds the vibrant, rhythmic energy of future garage into Evy Jane’s organic and downtempo original. Mier is yet another versatile Dutch producer with a penchant for blending noises of the garage, ambient, and R&B variety to sculpt entirely enchanting and complete soundscapes. In his “Sayso” remix, his calculated additions of creative field noise— such as scintillating shimmers, crackling vinyl, and what appears to be a handful of marbles dropping to the floor (seriously)— give Mier’s remix an organic yet galactic feel. This explains its “hypertexture” tag on Soundcloud, as the alluring remix is nothing if not textured, rich, and deliberate. The final minute is especially engrossing, during which a myriad of infectious, futuristic percussion riffs consume the listener and end the remix on a mesmerizing note.
Vancouver duo Evy Jane (Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein) quietly dropped their self titled EP this past February, which draws from the sub-bass and snare clicks of post-dubstep and Evelyn Mason’s soft R&B vocals. By the end of 2011, that description certainly started getting old, but this duo does it well enough that I’m reminded of the reason that sound was so attractive, and not of the bandwagon jumpers it inspired.
After I stumbled across this on the inter-webs I knew I had to post this. This track is a bit old but I don’t care. I’m really digging the post-R&B sound. Her voice is so alluring and at the same time also relaxing. You can’t help but forget what exactly you were supposed to do today and quite honestly I really care if I get anything done. You can hear fragments of the signature sounds of James Blake and The Weeknd but she sets herself apart with soothing vocals. Can’t wait to hear more from Evy Jane!
The two-piece, Evy Jane, comprised of songstress Evelyn Jane Mason and producer Jeremiah Klein, have captured much of this atmospheric overtone with the release of their first single, “SAYSO.”
The title track’s ambience subtly engulfs minimal percussion with its cleverly teetering sub, as it arouses images of an unspoken emotional stalemate. Mason’s repeated mantra, “Didn’t I tell you not to be so kind to me?” carries an uncanny indulgent hedonism that haunts throughout.
“OHSO” takes the vibe from shudder to swing, as it kicks in a sub-pulsing synth while subtly swaying along with denser percussion. What could undoubtedly be a mid-set tool for selectors, “OHSO,” shows off Klein’s ability to construct minimal dubstep grooves that make this side of the genre so likeable.
Local mainstays Max Ulis and Taal Mala are respectively responsible for remixing “OHSO” and “SAYSO.” Taal’s subtle rework of “SAYSO” transforms its original melodic appeal into a slightly more dancefloor friendly mix that complements the vocals with rolling broken percussion and impressively moody one-shots, all supported by the same healthy sub present on the original. Max Ulis takes “OHSO” and aims it directly at the dancefloor with a well constructed 4/4 refix that truly stands alone.
Reminiscent of works that defined the genre over the past few years, this isn’t necessarily a landmark release, but represents the healthy progression of the fusion of R&B and what has come to be called “Bass Music”.
Evy Jane is a darkly experimental electronic Alt ‘n B duo (yes, I said ALT ‘n B) from Vancouver comprised of (primary) singer Evelyn and (primary) beat maker Jeremiah (no last names needed; like Prince or Madonna… or Sinbad). Evy Jane is all about ethereal feel and soulfully sinister emotion and S-E-X. And what does that mean exactly? I have no idea (especially the S-E-X part… I think that spells ‘trouble’).
So instead let’s play everybody’s favorite band comparisons game. (It’s like Plinko from The Price is Right, only even more thrilling!) To get you at somewhat of a starting point regarding Evy Jane’s sound, think Dirty Projectors (Alt ‘n B) meets Purity Ring (sinister soul) meets The Weeknd (I just wanted to say it because they predicted people would say it) meets Zambri (I like Zambri) meets Austra (like them too).
Most importantly, all you need to know is that Evy Jane writes good songs. And that’s all we really want in life, right? Good songs? Shhh. That’s a deal, friend. That’s a deal. Anyway, get into these two. You’ll be glad you did.
Zugegeben, ich bin und war nicht der klassische RnB Hörer. Letztens aber, unter der Überschrift “RnB für das Jahr 2012″, hab ich mich doch zu einem Klick verleiten lassen. Unter dem schlichten Namen Evy Jane veröffentlicht die hübsche Frau mit dem Nasenring minimalen RnB. Der Beat dazu zieht einen nach kürzester Zeit in den Bann und muss eigentlich Herzschlag heißen. Die sonst melodielose Klangkulisse ist dann die Bühne für die Stimme von Evy Jane. Sie zeigt ihr ganzes Können indem sie scheinbar ihre ganze Seele über diesen Tabula Rasa haucht. Die Stimme klingt gedrungen und verletzlich, man vermutet, sie singt nicht, sondern erzählt uns ihre Geschichte in einer schlaflosen Vollmondnacht, bei der sie sich von der einen auf die andere Seite wälzt. Ivy Jane hören legt menschliche Sehnsüchte frei, erinnert daran, wie man vielleicht eine Schachtel Kekse gegessen hat und sich danach kein bisschen satter fühlte. Kurzum: Evy Jane ist die Erzählerin der Gefühle, die in der Magengegend entstehen und sich schlecht in Worte verpacken lassen.
The next big thing 2012? Evy Jane sind ein experimentelles RnB-Duo aus Vancouver, bestehend aus den Kanadiern Evelyn Mason und Jeremiah Klein. Vor allem die gechillten, elektronischen Trip-Hop Einflüsse, ähnlich wie bei James Blake, Nicolas Jaar oder The Weeknd, machen sich – neben der grossartigen Bassline und der engelsgleichen Stimme von Evelyn – im wundervollen Track “Sayso” bemerkbar und zu etwas Besonderem. Das self-titled Digital Album gibt es hier.