We have waited a long time for jitwam to release his debut album. The Brooklyn-based and Indian-born producer first caught our attention way back in 2013 with his EP TJD001. He has spent over 4 years crafting and developing his sound and ज़ितम सिहँ” his exceptional 13-song project was well worth the wait.
With disparate influences ranging from Moondog, Madlib, Moodyman, The Velvet Underground, Jay Dilla, and Leon Thomas to name a few it’s music to listen to with an open mind.
The talented artist has lived a nomadic lifestyle spending time in New Zealand and Australia, before moving to Thailand and living in monasteries, he also found himself in orphanages in South Africa and even washed out apartments in London.
All of these vastly differing experiences seep out of his international patchwork of sounds. Exploring a rather dreamy soundscape with touches of Connan Mockasin and Jai Paul the whole album feels relaxed and calm. In his words, “Music is a refuge. A shelter from the storm. A place you can go to close your eyes.”
Far too many standouts tracks to mention. So, just press play and embrace the brilliance of this rare talent.