Ron Basejam - Deep and Meaningless (ISM)

Oh boy what a treat this is, a full length album by Ron Basejam (of Crazy Penis and Secret Stealth Fame) on Yam Who's ace ISM imprint. Ron Basejam is the alter ego of James Baron, who's been quietly crafting some incredible down- and midtempo grooves over the past years. His For The People By The People release on Winding Back that came out a few years ago has never left my box, and we were all over his recent colab with Hott Toddy on Eskimo Recordings.

The album starts off with Hot Fridge, a chuggy midtempo burner with an infectious vocal hook that is sure to find its way into many a set in the coming months. Other highlights are "No Jose part 1", a lush and moody affair, "Is The Word: and the deep and melancholy "Into My Life". A few tracks feature the vocals of Crazy P's Danielle Moore and Holly Backler to great effect. In short: the whole album (which Baron calls a labour of love) is nothing short of amazing. Deep? you bet. Meaningless? quite the opposite.

This will be out in a few weeks, head over to Juno to listen to the tracks and have them send you an e-mail when it's available.