EP review – Jimmy Con – Drama


EP Review – Jimmy Con – Drama

Released: 1 April 2011

by Jade Sperry

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EP cover for DRAMA. Photo courtesy of the artist.

This is no April Fool’s Day joke. Jimmy Con of Chicago’s Ghosthouse has released his new EP Drama. Electronic trance music with some fantastic beats. Vocals that are toned out to emphasize the beats of the music. Classic beats done in the ’80’s old school DJ style with some samples. I can totally envision a crowded club dance floor with the people dancing up a storm, arms in the air. Jimmy also has Ear Candy Chicago (Crystal Bishop) helping him to reach his vision in becoming a big name artist. The future is going to be bright for Jimmy Con me thinks.

Track listing:

  1. Drama
  2. Fly Away
  3. Heat of the Night
  4. White Tiger
  5. Yjodaly
  6. You’ll Never Know (Pyrofighter remix)

On first listen, what stands out in the big picture of this EP is the timing of the beats and vocals within the melody of the songs themselves. And how well the echo, effects and layering of the songs are – well built, solid and kicking it. Starting out with “Drama” this is one cool and classically built song. Structured well with great timing, it just flies out of the speaker at you. This song is a favorite in my collection as of right now. I like the beginning of the song, soft shouting in the background with great effects and how it kind of sounds like cleansing water flowing over you. It has a positive, upbeat vibe to it that is consistent throughout the song. “Fly Away” has more of a sonic feel to it much like the movie “Trainspotting” had. Fast moving beats and effects all melding into one fusion song that moves like a train going mach one. This song does have some lyrical structure as well that is light and fun which matches the mood of the song. “Heat of the Night” has a deep bass beat as the backbone to this track. With good timing and rhythm within the song, lyrics fit the bill perfectly and that’s what the song calls for. Jimmy’s instincts in what plays good for the song will serve him well in the future. The fourth track “White Tiger” is this writer’s favorite song. This track starts out with spacey, trippy trance beats and effects with a soft crowd clap in the background. The beats rise above that chaotic sound into a psychedelia trance beat that makes you want to get up and shimmy around your living room or office. Good drum beat effects punctuate in the right areas of the song which again shows good instincts with what sounds best for the song. “Yjodaly” sounds like it’s from another planet for some reason. I guess the vibe of this song brings that vision in my head. I can imagine a space shuttle-like trip with this music as the background music – “spinning on the vintage side” and “you’re alive” – makes sense to me. The vocals are done well and fit the song perfectly. The final song “You’ll Never Know (Pyrofighter Remix)” is straight up dreamy beats, minor tones and layers of happy dance melodies and gets spaced out which makes for a nice break towards the end of the track.

The download of Drama will be available for FREE until Monday April 4. You can get it here.

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EP Review – Ghosthouse – Fashionably Late


EP Review – Ghosthouse – Fashionably Late

Released: March 1, 2011

by Jade Sperry

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Jimmy Con and Chuck. Photo courtesy of the band.

Ghosthouse is a Chicago IL project headed by the infamous Jimmy Con and his tasty beats. Jimmy is a singer/songwriter who makes some mighty fine beats and has dance tracks that are infectious and classy. Original beats, sampled beats mixed with original beats and old school beats make for a fine four song EP. The track listing is as follows:

  1. Private Dancer
  2. Analog Man
  3. I’m Not Your (Stepping Stone)
  4. Comearound

Fashionably Late was produced by Jimmy Con with his musical partner in crime Chuck. They equally share production credits as well as writing the tracks except for a cover by The Monkees.

It was mixed and mastered by Graeme Williams at Dr.Caw Studio in Northbrook, IL. He is their most trusted engineer as nobody is more intuitive when it comes to working with the infamous Ghosthouse gang. Crystal Bishop and her company Ear Candy Chicago are an integral part of Ghosthoue’s success and future plans. Besides managing Ghosthouse, Crystal also manages a group, Pyrofighter, that you should check out as well. (Ghosthouse did a remix for them that went to #1 on Purevolume). And the good news – Ghosthouse is currently in production for the follow up to this EP.

Starting with “Private Dancer” which from the get go sounds like a classic 80’s dance track in the vein of Prince and Sheila E – but only in the beats and music. The lyrics are reminiscent of making public scenes of affection, taking it off and being a private dancer for someone for that one night. I like the way the song flows, the vocals really suit the song and the timing is bang on. A good lighthearted dance tune about a night of passion. “Analog Man” has an awesome funky groove that is on the skank and dirty side. So good. I really like how intuitive Jimmy and Chuck are when working on the beats and timing of the vocals in the layers of the song. Speaking of “the power of the toolbox” and being an analog man who has the power, the touch and the total package. Skank and dirty indeed! Swagger also goes a long way for the hipster in this song. Covering the 1960’s song from The Monkees, “I’m Not Your (Stepping Stone)” has a good opening that doesn’t really seem to sound like the song until it hits the chorus. Impressive. I like the original fresh beats in the verses of the song which only hint at the original melody of the song. Vocals are done well and come in at the right times. The final song “Comearound” is a ballad that is wrapped in deep beats and vocals. This song actually feels like velvet coming out of the speaker its that good. Good timing, vocal and harmonies, this song has a soft sweet melody under all those deep beats. I also like the real passion in the vocals in this song. Well done Ghosthouse!