Jamanta Crew’s Sunny Rise
Jamanta Crew’s Eduardo Marote (aka Prztz) wrapped up a three-day gig in
was a Monday morning, my last day there and I called Classic to have them
listen,” Prztz said via his cell phone from
When Prztz contacted Classic to solicit his work, the label was ecstatic. “One of the guys yelled, ‘These are it! These are the tracks we’ve been looking for!’”
Since then, the collaboration of Prztz, Rafael Droors and Rod Sponja has revived underground house music with a kind of livewire energy that bumps with funk, chunk and finesse. While the trio records original tracks in their studio, it’s the live P.A. sets performed by Prztz and Droors that have made them one of the freshest acts to chug onto the scene in years.
Crew’s 2007 Winter Music Conference performance in the lobby of
“That set was off the hook,” Prztz remembered, almost laughing.
Fortunately for Prztz and his production partners, Jamanta Crew has good reason to laugh these days. Their most recent EP was released on French independent house imprint Robsoul earlier this week, drawing on traditional funk influences while pulling disco in the mix.
“I’ve always liked everything that’s booty, everything that’s funky, everything that’s not serious,” added the producer. “We try to make our set like a DJ set, going up and down with parts of the tracks,” Prztz says. “Our sound is jacking house with influences of rock, rock samples and some hip-hop . . . we can go a little deeper, a little upper, it really depends on the party.”
the Crew’s April 25
“I like to see how music effects an entire party,” Prztz says on performing live P.A. versus DJ sets. “I like to be surprised by people, see how beats affect people. When I’m playing, I see a lot, how people want have sex, get crazy, get bored—I am always listening and wanting to get the track that gets them.”
Jamanta Crew debuts their live P.A.