“Close your eyes, escape from life’s realities into a world of Jazz Funk Dystopia.”
Musically refreshed, after a short hiatus in Central America, Dee Majek, returns re-inspired to launch his new project Kejam (pronounced KeyJam). With a double-sided, slice of UK feel-good, jazz funk ‘Dystopia’ and ‘Radian’ from his forthcoming album ‘Dystopia’. As Dee states “The inspiration behind this project was my burning desire to revisit my musical roots, reinvent the music of those halcyon days that I’ve always loved to listen, buy and danced too as an ardent collector in the Seventies and Eighties growing up in South London.”
Dystopia is an extension of Dee’s passion and music knowledge, digging into his vast collection of over 40 years. The album concept is simple. Take a listen to the punch-packing bass line of the title cut ‘Dystopia’. An electric piano-fuelled, funky anthem jam and its synthesized sidecar partner, on this ride ‘Radian’, a summer groove emulator that races along like vertigo on a Blackpool rollercoaster. You will instantly recognise that ‘Dystopia’ is a keyboard –driven, musical homage to the mid seventies and early eighties Club UK. To jazz stalwarts such as Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, The Crusaders, Patrice Rushen, Ronnie Forster, Bob James and Donald Byrd whose classic tracks were celebrated by educated dancers and radio listeners.
To ensure Dee, stays on track to realise his vision of a ‘jazz funk landscape’, Dee enlisted ‘Mr. Keyboard ‘extraordinaire and 2011, Coffee Talk Jazz Radio – International Songwriter Award Winner, James Colah, who Dee has known for over 20 years. James has been featured in the prestigious ‘Keyboard Player Magazine’ and for the past three and a half years has established himself as a major world artist, under the banner of ‘The James Colah Project’within Smooth Jazz (http://www.jamescolahproductions.com). To date James’ has released eight, highly successful singles that have been play listed of over 100 international radio stations around the world. ‘Ocean Tide’ from ‘The Parlett-Colah Project’ made history for being the only song on the KJAZZ Radio UK ‘Top 10’ to have remained on the listener voted chart for 6 months, 6 weeks of which at number one.
Talking hits! For those who don’t know, Dee Majek’s involvement in the UK urban music scene stretches over four decades. From the age of Seventeen, in the mid Seventies, Dee secured exclusive promotional copies from American label, Casablanca Records, International Operations Manager, Scott Bergstein roster that included Donna Summers, Cameo and Parliament and Giorgio Moroder for Dee to source and garner feedback to legendary UK club and radio Djs that included Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards, Graham ‘Fatman’ Canter, Graham Gold, Les Spaine and Record Mirror Disco Columnist, James Hamilton. Other labels Dee sourced records from included Cotillion Records (Luther Vandross), Bang Records (Peabo Bryson), early Salsoul Records 12 inch DJ white labels and Beam Junction (Grace Jones) releases.
In the Eighties, as a songwriter/lyricist, he gained co-writing credits with April Music,EMI,working with top, UK urban producer and arranger, Roy Carter (Heatwave, Central Line, Jermaine Stewart, Errol Brown, Courtney Pine and D.C. Lee) on projects including Warner’s, Eighties club classic ‘Live and Learn’ and ‘After Love Has Gone on Oscar Jay Records.
In the Nineties, as owner of independent label, Seven Universal Records Dee, produced the highly successful series of urban mixtapes, ‘Beats Researcher Volumes One, Two and Three’ that was widely played in the UK and USA. Plus as a street poet, he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed jazz poetry album ‘Soul on the Edge’. ACER, Black Penmanship award winner, Dee was described by major British, hip hop magazine ‘Hip Hop Connection as UK’s answer to the legendary Last Poets’ and the lead track ‘Positive’ featured on British Original Products Volume One compilation. He also worked on co-writing sessions with legendary, Island records engineer, producer, remixer and A&R Consultant Godwin Logie, whose credits include Bob Marley and The Wailers, Cliff Richard, Gregory Issacs, Sly and Robbie, Asward, Toots and The Maytals, Black Uhuru Courtney Pine, Brand New Heavies, Omar, Caron Wheeler, Larry Levan, Jocelyn Brown, Loose Ends, David Joseph, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Maxi Priest, Third World and King Sunny Ade.
Within the last two decades, Dee’s network of high profile American industry contacts has grown and led to Dee gain international recognition in the UK for his collaborative efforts UK Toolroom producer Mark Knight (Chanel Perry -Kinda Love). A host of high profile, American producers, engineers and remixers that included Grammy award winning Ike Lee III (Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige and Christopher Williams). Adam Blackstone (Jill Scott, Al Green,Musiq SoulChild,The Roots , Vivian Green) and Music Director to multi-platinum artists Justin Timberlake, Eminem Drake, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Young Lord (Beyonce, P-Diddy, Notorious BIG, LL Cool J), Anthony ‘TC’ Cunningham (Kelly Price, Hamilton Bohannon, Jagged Edge). Timothy Walls (Akon) and Carl Breeding (Jermaine Dupree). Top draw writers Lamenga Khafi ( Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, Antastacia, Wild Wild West 199 Soundtrack, Kenny Latimore) and Keisha Miles (Xscape, Mario Winan)
As head honcho of boutique, promotion label, Madkonnects. Where in 2000, Dee was responsible for the infectious and most sought after record, Derrick Dixon’s UK club anthem ‘Gotta To Get Her’ EP, licensed to Stonegroove Records.
The following year, Dee branded and jointly compiled Urban Street Anthems Volume One, an album of aspiring American independent artists that Dee closely worked with, in partnership with Street Sounds records, mogul, Morgan Khan, for his Music With Attitude (MWA) label. He also, sourced highly acclaimed, New York, wordsmith, Phararoe Monch, of head banging ‘Simon Says’ Rawkus records ,fame for the multi –platinum selling,Mobo award winner, Adam F’s , Kaos album.
As joint owner, and CEO of the highly successful American, independent label Mapp Records, voted by leading urban magazine, Blues and Soul as the second best independent record label of 2005. Dee was responsible for pioneering a blue print EP, ’Six for Spins’ that set the bench for the artistic development, successful promotion and licensing overseas of unknown, American, independent artists.
This blue print model, broke the careers in 2005, of Chanel Perry, ‘My Life’ that spawned, top 40 national chart hits in the UK, France, and Scandinavia and to date has been licensed worldwide on over 80 compilations and worldwide licensing of Chanel’s follow up club hits ‘Dance’ and the excellent cover of the Brownstone classic ‘If You Love Me’, which were licensed and released through premier, UK, dance label Ministry of Sound imprint, Hed Kandi.
Further success followed, for Dee and the label, with the highly acclaimed R&B group, Metropolis classic debut album, ‘The Voyage’ and his memorable ‘Nights over Egypt’ club mix of the groups ‘Lovin You’. Which was widely supported across Europe and Japan culminating with Metropolis supporting legendary new jack swing producer Teddy Riley in concert and the album being licensed to Japanese label BMFN Records and voted eight best R&B album released that year , as well as the group being voted ‘Best Independent Act of 2005’ category by Blues & Soul magazine.
With the demise of Mapp Records, in 2009, Dee has continued to thrive and maintained his prominence within urban music UK, with partnerships that have included Mworld dance project with bad boy dj and producer Pat Bedeau. Co-writing and production credits on the highly anticipated album from UK soul diva Natasha Watts with UK super DJ and producer, Ross Emmins aka DJ Destruction (Adam F, Lee John, Canibus, Rodney P and Retrospexx).
Furthermore, the creation of a distribution, partnership with Atlanta based multi platinum, producer and CEO of Blacktree Music , Ric Atari (Wyclef Jean, Usher, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott and 112) for the promotional release of Dee’s, Mworldnites Volume One, compilation and Chanel Perry’s Forget About Your Boys debut album that spawned 20 top 10 hits across various UK soul chart.
With his vast knowledge of different genres of music and experience of developing and breaking artists from the ground upwards on limited budgets, this seasoned music veteran reflects: “For me it will always be about my love and passion for music and I think that Dystopia reflects that!”
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For more information contact Dee Majek@ VEC Records