New Year New Music: Meet British Columbia’s jRadx on our First Music Monday of 2023

Rapper/producer/multi-instrumentalist/jack-of-all-musical-trades jRadx is at his best when he’s crafting lush layered electronic tracks. On his latest release, Desert Power, his beats and backdrops stand out as some of the most well crafted electronic and hip hop beats of 2022. While results vary in regards to the album’s vocals, the music is always top notch, whether a hip hop beat or an Aphex Twin inspired electronic soundscape. For this reason, this reviewer is extremely excited for what is on the horizon for the BC based musician and composer.

The vocals on the album are far from bad, with certain tracks even having standout verses and sections, but it’s notable that the strength of this release is the musical composition rather than anything lyrical or traditional vocal based. Vocals are used as more of an instrument on some tracks – such as the dark, hypnotic, and tribal “Hypertribe” or the equally hypnotic, but more ethereal “Digital Music Therapy” – and, in these instances, they always work seemlessly as part of the strong and unique composition skills on display throughout the release. In fact, using vocals in this way is one of the highlights of those tracks. Yet, the traditional vocals on a few of the other tracks do little to add to the already great musical backdrop laid behind them. While it’s not fair to say these lyrical vocal segments detract from the music, they are never truly the highlight of the songs in which they are included.

jRadx’s approach to music is what stands out from start to finish on Desert Power:

Contemplating the current media environment: government and citizen response to compounded social and environmental stress. Juxtaposed with the “we just need to take our time” sample, to suggest a level-headed approach.

Check the album out on Bandcamp here or stream below.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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