by Jex Opolis

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James Reeno (SPAZZOID RECORDS/NYC RECORDS/KUPCAKE RECORDS) I was listening to the original mix of "DZE" thinking to myself...ok this REALLY reminds me of ASSO's "Don't Stop" from 1983, especially the piano solos. Then I read the liner notes and it all made sense.
Regardless, this is a fantastic track and need I say, a worthy successor to 1983's "Don't Stop". Excellent.

"Be good to me" is fantastic as well, but "DZE" is the standout.

The alternate versions/reworkings are good, but not essential for me however. Favorite track: DZE.
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Hemingway A welcome serving of Adult Jazz Dance for closeted fusion lovers amidst the club heads. Splashes of steel pans, Phil Collinsy tom breakdowns and cigar-lounge piano solos effortlessly slink their way through the uplifting Casiopea-esque chords and rezzy italo basslines of 'DZE'. Probably the sort of track that Wally Badarou showers to. 'Please Be Good/Bad To Me' has more arp sprinkles than a vanilla dip at T-Ho's. Uncle Terje would be proud.
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Breaking an eight-month silence, Jex returns with three new cuts!

Leading off this double A-side release (the third from the Toronto-based Good Timin' imprint) is the jazzdance of "D.Z.E.," which borrows the mood—and the ACTUAL studio musician—from Asso's Italo-disco classic "Don't Stop." Yup, Jex tracked down Steve Galante himself at his project studio in Montreal and had him blast an incredible solo that's guaranteed to elevate!

Meanwhile, Jex himself tinkles the ivories and gets his hands emotional on the DX7-meets-DMX balladry of "Please Be Good To Me," which was inspired by a DJ trip to Japan earlier this year. Picture Kevin McCord bowling with the road crew from Pat Metheny's backing band at some Midwestern dive and you just might get a whiff of the vibe on this one.

Finally, rounding out the flip on this all-thriller-no-filler AA-side is the Terje-meets-Vangelis strut of "Please Be Bad To Me." It's Jex's clubbiest material to date and it boasts one of those chugging basslines that kinda sounds like Change covering late 80s AC/DC!! Thunderstruck, indeed!!


released September 2, 2014

Songs composed, performed, produced and mixed by Jex Opolis in Toronto. Piano on "D.Z.E." performed by Steven Galante in Montreal. Mastered by Rick Essig. Art direction by Isha Datar. Special thanks to Andrew Morgan at PPU.


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Jex Opolis

Jex Opolis (born Jered Stuffco) is a Canadian musician, DJ and producer.

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