Naked Music supremo Jay Denes takes the giant leap into solo territory with this...
Laura MacDonald 2002
Frustrated with the music industry, Jay Denes decided to stop whining and make a personal album he could be proud of. The New York-based producer and songwriter took this giant stride after five years establishing Naked Music with his partner Dave Boonshoft, with much success. Naked is best known for its compilation albums covered in sexy, colourful artwork, making them instantly recognisable and much sought after. Blue Six's Beautiful Tomorrow is a Naked collaboration, (Boonshoft plays bass on the album), but it is clearly Denes' baby. It is also Naked's first full-length artist album and a groovy ride.
The Caribbean cruise begins with the silky smooth beats and bongos "Let's Do It Together". There's a summery, light-hearted feel here that penetrates the whole album, close your eyes and the sand, sunshine and tropical drinks can't be far away. The mixture of house with a funky, soulful heart creates an electronic cocktail that's full of flavour. For the vocals, Denes' employed six different female singers. Lysa soars with "Sweeter Love", its familiar melody and sugar lilt reflect the happy four-year odyssey this song has had through clubland. Monique Bingham co-wrote "Pure" with Denes which is a standout track. Its safety and warmth segues cosily into the title song. "Beautiful Tomorrow" which completes the album on an upbeat and o' so smooth note.
In between, there are 'hard to resist' dub instrumentals that maintain Naked's cruisy flow. The flutes and drums drift through "Music and Wine", a voice wails 'You and I' and Dene's vision is realised. He believes that what "we retain from our lives as human beings are the feelings we've experienced." With that in mind, the fact that he wrote all these songs, plus most of their lyrics as well as engineering and mixing the tracks, it's clear his fans will be blissful in their afterlife.
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