Relatively recently, like a couple months ago or so, I'd gotten this album by DJ Cam called Seven, on NAR my go to download-new-shit site. I'd mass downloaded a bunch of albums for private consumption over a couple of weeks and as usual, some got played the same day, some got lost in iTunes. Seven got lost in the shuffle. One day I was making a FNC mix tape for 8tracks and decided to go through the trip-hop albums and give some a listen.
Seven caught me by surprise because it was incredibly magnetic and emotional. The first song that grabbed my attention was Swim feat. Chris James, which was like a breathe of fresh breezy air on a rainy Spring evening. The other great thing about Seven is that besides all the interesting and talented guest vocalists, there is a palpable cool yet very emotive vibe that coats each song on the album. The title track, Seven, is a track that sounds almost Tricky-esque and it's hot in a very cool sort of way. Ghost feat. Chris James is my favourite track on the album, it's so well put together! The rest of the album features moments of undeniable subdued dance vibes, that compliment Seven beautifully. When I heard Seven, I thought it was sooo dope that, I made it a point to look up DJ Cam, look up all his info and all basically curate all his work up till now. Most of it I found on a French mirror site that I won't name, DJ Cam's - DJ Kicks I got on iTunes, and the rest I scooped on some other sites here and there.
Anyway; DJ Cam, real name Laurent Dumail, is a French DJ who currently resides in LA or something like that, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is, he's got this amazing way of mixing hip-hop, soul, jazz, r&b and downtempo into this crazy blend of extremely chilled, ambient, somewhat nostalgic, emotionally heavy yet sonically minimalistic type trip-hop. It's fly as fuck.
Seven's a great album, and if you haven't heard it, you really should. At moments where an emergency chill session is needed, it's a great album to listen to. I'm definitely working my way through his discography, which is extensive, but it's an extremely engaging discography to say the least, so Mr. Dumail is TBR's man of the moment.
Check out DJ Cam's music on iTunes.
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