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Jay Cass Takes Us on an Electronic Journey to “Somewhere”

Long Island-based producer and musician, Jonathan Casanova (also known by his stage name, Jay Cass), shows off his trap skills with his latest single “Somewhere”. An instrumental track that takes its time through a slow burning beat.

Of the various synthesized sounds, it’s the breathy vocal sample that stands out. It doesn’t say anything particularly coherent until the end where Cass reveals the titular line “Take me somewhere far away from here”. Until that point, he opts for chopping the sample into small rhythmic bits that make the song feel like it has lungs attached to a beat machine. The percussive breaths and nonsensical rearrangement of syllables bring a calm, yet eerie feel to the song’s core that is captivating, and, admittedly, danceable.

In a way, this song has a feeling of wanderlust that permeates through each note, which gives it a sense of versatility. As easily as I can imagine this song being played in a club, I can also imagine it on playlists for stargazing or long car rides. With the track being primarily instrumental, it can morph to meet many kinds of moments which only works to Cass’s benefit as a songwriter and producer. Whatever your point of entry may be, there is an oasis of electronic beats waiting to whisper in your ear, longing to take you somewhere far away from wherever you may be.

“Somewhere” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Find it on the Alchemical Records Mutligenre Mixture playlist on Spotify!

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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