Music Mondaze: Jel – Late Pass EP

By - Monday, September 2nd, 2013

When you dissect Anticon‘s sound and reach its core, there sits JEL doing finger calisthenics hovering over a drum machine churning out production. Working with the Anticon label he co-founded in 1998 to release his latest album Late Pass, JEL hits his stride with seven tracks that have the renown SP-1200 master taking to the mic yet again. On the new album, Jel expresses very personal notions over a range of production that challenges listeners accustomed to the mainstream party-rap currently dominating hip hop. After his first label release 10 Seconds with MUSH in 2002, JEL put out three more albums and two self-released joints over his first six years. But after releasing Soft Money on Anticon in 2007, it would be another six before Anticon saw his latest album Late Pass come to fruition. With fifteen years of production behind him, it would be easy to imagine JEL just dialing in some mediocre beats and calling it a day, yet Late Pass marks a high point in this consummate craftsman’s discography. Aptly named due to its perceived lateness in delivery, the first cut off Late Pass, La Resolve, is a heavy-hearted melody with breaks that scratch their way into the existence of a booming chorus, providing an appropriate setting for Jel’s monologue about human mortality. But on’t stress, not everything is as glum as “La Resolve.” Tracks like “Thnk4U” forgo the thought-provoking subtleties of Jel’s vocals for a more traditional offering of perfectly manicured samples laced together by his elite finger drumming capabilities. Check the tour dates and locations below as Anticon’s premier beatmaker takes his show on the road, embarking on a North American tour with Serengeti and shifting accompaniment including Dose One, Sole, Serengeti, Mykki Blanco, Odd Nosdom, DJ Abilities and Matthewdavid. • 8/20 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish ! • 8/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Low End Theory • 9/12 – Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival (CLUB 9ONE9) ~ • 9/14 – Missoula, MT – The VFW • 9/15 – Bozeman, MT – Zebra Cocktail Lounge • 9/16 – Billings, MT – The Railyard • 9/18 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium • 9/19 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock ^ • 9/20 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon ^ • 9/22 – Detroit, MI – Waffle’s Penthouse • 9/23 – Hamilton, Ont – This Ain’t Hollywood * • 9/25 – Toronto, Ont – Sneaky Dee’s * • 9/27 – Ottawa, Ont – Ritual * • 9/28 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal (Il Motore) * • 9/30 – Portland, Maine – The Space & • 10/1 – Boston, MA – Middle East & • 10/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory + • 10/5 – Middletown, CT – Wesleyan College & • 10/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s & • 10/8 – Washington, DC – DC9 & • 10/9 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Vassar College & • 10/10 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery & • 10/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks & • 10/12 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness • 10/13 – Louisville, KY – Zanzibar • 10/15 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade • 10/16 – Boone, NC – Black Cat Burrito • Thurs 10/17 – Atlanta, GA – 529 • 10/21 – Savannah, GA – Graveface Records • 10/23 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub @ • 10/24 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar @ • 10/25 – Miami, FL – The Stage @ • 10/26 – Tallahassee, FL – Retrofit Records @ • 10/28 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia @ • 10/29 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Rooftop) @ • 11/1- Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon @ • 11/4 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean @ • 11/5 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo @ • 11/7 Norman, OK – The Opolis @ • 11/9 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest @ • 11/11 – Denver, CO – Larmier Lounge # • 11/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge # • 11/14 – Boise, ID – Reef # • 11/16 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre Lounge # • 11/17 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt # • 11/20 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55 # • 11/21 – San Diego, CA – Porter’s Pub # • 11/22 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar # • 11/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar # • 11/25 – San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room # ! w/ Main Attrakionz, Doseone, Odd Nosdom, JEL 
~ w/ Mykki Blanco, Jel, Serengeti 
^ w/ DJ Abilities, Sole, Jel, Serengeti 
* w/ Sole, Factor, Jel, Serengeti 
& w/ Sole, Open Mike Eagle, Jel, Serengeti 
@ w/ Matthewdavid, Jel, Serengeti 
# w/ DJ Abilities, Jel, Serengeti 
+ w/ Sole, Open Mike Eagle, Jel, Serengeti, Bomarr

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