S IS FOR SPEEDY J

Speedy J is Jochem Paap from the Netherlands. He was an ealry artist on Warp Records’ Artificial Intelligence compilations with other pioneers such as The Black Dog. He, inevitably, made IDM but there is often an angry buzz to his music.

Jochem Paap, aka Speedy J, is a Rotterdam-based techno musician whose polished blend of melodious electro-pop with a harder, more Detroit-fueled edge has been among the most highly-praised of post-rave European techno. The Dutch rep in Richie “Plastikman” Hawtin’s Plus 8 label, Paap was equally well-known as a club DJ (his nom de record is in reference to his prowess on the cut) before deciding in 1997 to curtail his DJ engagements and focus on his music. His 1993 debut LP, Ginger, was an engaging blend of ambient textures and hard, crisp beats, and was immediately smacked with the “intelligent dance music” tag, aided by the inclusion of a pair of tracks on the first volume of Warp’s influential (Artificial Intelligence) series. Paap has since released several follow-ups under the Speedy J moniker (G-Spot, Public Energy No. 1, A Shocking Hobby) and two solo albums in an ambient series for Fax titled Vrs-Mbnt-Pcs 9598 (just re-insert the missing vowels for a quick translation). He’s also recorded a scattering of material as Public Energy for Plus 8, as well as for his own Beam Me Up! label before discontinuing the latter in 1996. He is cofounder of a Dutch remix network, dedicated to bringing Dutch electronic musicians in contact with one another and fostering collaborative projects, and previous to his moratorium on the DJ circuit was known for his commitment to bringing dance-based experimental electronic music to a wider audience, playing out often in unlikely combinations with groups like Cypress Hill and Henry Rollins. In addition to his original recorded work, Paap has also remixed tracks for Secret Cinema and Sven Väth. ~ Sean Cooper, All Music Guide

From his earliest days, a single release, those tracks from the IA comps and perhaps best a Shamen remix:

Speedy J – Pepper (The Hot Mix)  

Speedy J Symmetry  

Speedy J – De-Orbit  
The Shamen – Coming On Strong (Speedy J’s (Sha)Manic Mix)  
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~ by acidted on November 19, 2009.

3 Responses to “S IS FOR SPEEDY J”

  1. […] proper techno in a mix by Dutch techno master Speedy J (previously here) with a five and three quarter hour mix, taken from a seven hour set. The mix is available to […]

  2. […] from 1992 and is WAP22. The remix I’ve taken is from Speedy J (Jochem Papp – previously here). This nine minute mix suffers from the usual crackles at the start, not helped by the slow start. […]

  3. […] J (previously here) is Dutch techno atist Jochem Paap and has featured here quite a few times. The Dutch Department of […]

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