January Elh
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January Elh

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
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"EP: January Elh & Octopus Jones – L8"

He doesn’t consider L8 a follow up to 'Wasted Daylight' but alt funker January Elh does consider his latest project something you should check out. A collaborative effort with producer Octopus Jones, Elh and his down tempo vocals never reach any higher than a certain pitch which makes L8 perfectly suited for fans of Zero 7 or downtempo mood music. “Mark Of The Lame” contains the EP’s lone feature courtesy of Ba-Lu but outside of that, Elh lives inside of his own night time groove.

As a bonus when you download L8, you’ll be treated to a lookbook shot by Clyde Grant of “Living Object” fame. - DayAndADream.com


"EP: January Elh & Octopus Jones – L8"

He doesn’t consider L8 a follow up to 'Wasted Daylight' but alt funker January Elh does consider his latest project something you should check out. A collaborative effort with producer Octopus Jones, Elh and his down tempo vocals never reach any higher than a certain pitch which makes L8 perfectly suited for fans of Zero 7 or downtempo mood music. “Mark Of The Lame” contains the EP’s lone feature courtesy of Ba-Lu but outside of that, Elh lives inside of his own night time groove.

As a bonus when you download L8, you’ll be treated to a lookbook shot by Clyde Grant of “Living Object” fame. - DayAndADream.com


"EP: January Elh – Wasted Daylight"

Strong releases come and go in terms of alternative music. They’re built on abstract ideas and fluid execution, tossing out numerous instruments around a once tied down sound to create something different. January Elh’s debut EP Wasted Daylight stretches the belief that if you can conjure up multiple ideas to form a solid plan, that plan comes through in full.

The lead single, “Today” is fused by Elh’s slight croaky but refined vocals over thumping drums and hovering synths and the melody continues throughout the tape with downtempo jams such as “Taillights” & “Stargazers”. The way the fifteen minute EP works is that from track one to track six, time decreases to the point where the last drop only lasts for maybe a little bit as Elh’s “Dreamland Ballad” only lasts for a small minute and twenty seconds but reins in with vocal distinction of how talented Elh may actually be.

It’s only fifteen minutes but it definitely leaves you thinking what else can the young man do. - DayAndADream.com


"EP: January Elh – Wasted Daylight"

Strong releases come and go in terms of alternative music. They’re built on abstract ideas and fluid execution, tossing out numerous instruments around a once tied down sound to create something different. January Elh’s debut EP Wasted Daylight stretches the belief that if you can conjure up multiple ideas to form a solid plan, that plan comes through in full.

The lead single, “Today” is fused by Elh’s slight croaky but refined vocals over thumping drums and hovering synths and the melody continues throughout the tape with downtempo jams such as “Taillights” & “Stargazers”. The way the fifteen minute EP works is that from track one to track six, time decreases to the point where the last drop only lasts for maybe a little bit as Elh’s “Dreamland Ballad” only lasts for a small minute and twenty seconds but reins in with vocal distinction of how talented Elh may actually be.

It’s only fifteen minutes but it definitely leaves you thinking what else can the young man do. - DayAndADream.com


"January Elh & Octopus Jones ~ L8 EP"

January Elh & Octopus Jones collaborate for this 4 track EP. Sir Jones’ production on this EP is good, as usual, but he hasn’t disappointed in the past. January’s vocal tone is smooth, brings this collaboration together. All 4 tracks are definitely worth the space on your laptop. - AdventOutpost.com


"January Elh & Octopus Jones ~ L8 EP"

January Elh & Octopus Jones collaborate for this 4 track EP. Sir Jones’ production on this EP is good, as usual, but he hasn’t disappointed in the past. January’s vocal tone is smooth, brings this collaboration together. All 4 tracks are definitely worth the space on your laptop. - AdventOutpost.com


"January Elh + Octopus Jones - L8 EP REVIEW"

January Elh is an independent pop artist from St. Louis, who released his solo-EP in the early months of this year. Octopus Jones is an electronic artist, also from St. Louis, with three releases under his belt, you can find his music here. This release sees the collaboration of January, a soulful vocalist and underground artist, an Octopus Jones, the beatmaker of this four-track EP.

I can quite honestly say that this genre of music has never typically been my cup of tea, however January and Octopus collaborating brings a fresh twist to what seems like an over-used genre, keeping it fresh, experimental and beautiful to the ear, creating a justifiable development in what today's popular music could have been, but bringing a new perspective to the themes of the music

This EP begins with "Visit the Lights" an upbeat and chilled song, with beautiful use of synths and samples, complimented by January's somewhat drowsy voice, forming streamlined harmonies, with january also providing more backing vocals, dynamically positioned below the beat. The beat of this song is looped throughout, but shows a high level of electronic craftsmanship, with a mis-matched approach to creating a beautiful sound on the whole, sort of like a montage, with hugely differentiating samples in the backing track.

This collaboration proves these guys are a force to be reckoned with, as the two of them prove their full worth as musicians, but also reinstating that the both of them are both past a satisfactory stage of development in their own sound. The individuality of these guys is proven significantly by the second track, "remember, remember", with an elegantly uniformed drumbeat repeated throughout, and a unique backing beat that I have learnt they are good for.

Overall, I think these guys are working on something unique, and I look forward to any future collaborations, and releases. - Jacob P. Thompson


"January Elh + Octopus Jones - L8 EP REVIEW"

January Elh is an independent pop artist from St. Louis, who released his solo-EP in the early months of this year. Octopus Jones is an electronic artist, also from St. Louis, with three releases under his belt, you can find his music here. This release sees the collaboration of January, a soulful vocalist and underground artist, an Octopus Jones, the beatmaker of this four-track EP.

I can quite honestly say that this genre of music has never typically been my cup of tea, however January and Octopus collaborating brings a fresh twist to what seems like an over-used genre, keeping it fresh, experimental and beautiful to the ear, creating a justifiable development in what today's popular music could have been, but bringing a new perspective to the themes of the music

This EP begins with "Visit the Lights" an upbeat and chilled song, with beautiful use of synths and samples, complimented by January's somewhat drowsy voice, forming streamlined harmonies, with january also providing more backing vocals, dynamically positioned below the beat. The beat of this song is looped throughout, but shows a high level of electronic craftsmanship, with a mis-matched approach to creating a beautiful sound on the whole, sort of like a montage, with hugely differentiating samples in the backing track.

This collaboration proves these guys are a force to be reckoned with, as the two of them prove their full worth as musicians, but also reinstating that the both of them are both past a satisfactory stage of development in their own sound. The individuality of these guys is proven significantly by the second track, "remember, remember", with an elegantly uniformed drumbeat repeated throughout, and a unique backing beat that I have learnt they are good for.

Overall, I think these guys are working on something unique, and I look forward to any future collaborations, and releases. - Jacob P. Thompson


Discography

EPs

2011 - 'L8.'(collaborative side-project w/producer Octopus Jones)

2011 - 'Wasted Daylight'

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"Simple, yet particular" is how January Elh would describe himself in three words. Though his works are calculated, grand complexities are rare. His vocal, though youthful, is of a semi-rough, high-baritone flavor with modest range. This(among other things) would disqualify him from being society's archetypal Pop singer, but he was never part of that contest to begin with; he's always been more concerned with crafting a noise of his own(!).
With a sound that's an amalgamation of his strongest inspirations & influence, he believes wholeheartedly that his perseverance & raw ambition to progress his artistry will help him to positively affect the world.