One of Australias most talented, inspired and sought after artists, Jamie Stevens, makes a welcome and long overdue return to Bedrock with The Beneficiary EP. Having first been introduced back in 2008 via his exceptional remix of John Digweeds Warung Beach (BEDPPF10), Jamie also contributed the standout Indigo to Bedrock 14 (BED14CD), and collaborated with John Digweed & Nick Muir to create Prism for their 2013 Versus (BEDVS01CD) project. Now, hes back and in the words of Mr Digweed: Jamie Stevens is on fire right now.
As an enticing opener, The Beneficiary is hard to beat. Its carefully structured layers of hypnotic percussive beauty are topped with subtle melodic swirls, as it glides effortlessly onwards in a masterclass of intricate excellence. In perfect contrast, A Bird In The Hand is a hissing, whirling dervish of pent-up, wickedly delicious excitement a twisting, dipping and soaring fireball of joyous energy, that grows and mutates and expands inexorably from start to finish. Essentially, what joins both of these unique compositions at the hip is an attention to detail that marks Jamie Stevens out as an exceptional producer at the top of his game.
Two decades of stunning original productions, most recently for the likes of All Day I Dream, Replug, Balance Music and microCastle, alongside a mindboggling array of remix outings, gives an insight into the heart and soul of Jamie Stevens. Each masterpiece (and his unique DJ sets) journeys into the human psyche in a way that only a small number of composers and DJs within the electronic music realm can. Jamies unrelenting diligence, consistency, quality and refreshingly humble nature, are all key attributes that will continue to see him grow as a major contributor, and role model, to the house and techno community on a global scale far into the future.