Je$u$ aka Heyzus Kannibalismus is a German beatmaker who has an obvious talent for production. It quickly became obvious that this guy is an absolute machine. His beats have been featured on a number of compilations, he has a mixtape of his own as well as a plethora of hugely impressive singles . The instrumentals are identifiable, on point and have that old school feel that is so often strived for but so difficult to capture. (room516.com
"Heyzus Kannibalismus, also known under the moniker Je$u$, has offered up a lovely collection of productions for the Gergaz Netlabel on the Schleifen EP. Containing a vintage sound that bridges raw 90′s driven hip hop rhythms with choice cuts from various eras and decades, small pockets of different locations around the world can be felt in the identity and character of each track. Ball room music, Bollywood original scores and the vibrant era of 60′s soul jazz are just a few of the worlds you can expect to collide under the heart of the bass and drum. When analyzing producers who are using vintage sounds like this, only a handful come to mind and very few reach the level of brilliance that Je$u$ has displayed on the Schleifen EP.
“Ready, set and begin…” is the opening statement that brings this EP into birth, giving way to the hypnotic middle eastern pulse of “Begin.” The drum tracking is very powerful and solid, filling in the mix with a lot of presence and size. The overtones are all a construction of samples, sourced from various origins and all of an elegant nature. “YOrgan” begins with a beautiful tandem of organ, horns and the heavy hitting drum tracking as heard on the first number. Slower in tempo, the energy is more subdued and a different style is in motion. The bass notes are very deep and center the track as it slowly crawls through its progression. A dark track full of pre 60′s cinematic style horn lines that opens up the pallet of sound into an entirely different direction. “Rain” pushes the tempo of the EP back into the middle register and has a wider sense of percussion layering. The horns are of a powerful and elegant form, sounding like the halls of a lush ballroom dance scene. A surprising state of juxtaposition enters with the choice sample of the late and great ODB.
“Bust” has the best groove of the collection, blending in Hammond organ, rhythm guitar and a minimal drum sound. It has the vibe of the best soul jazz organ players, finally adding in natural piano to the soulful and sublime groove once the intro subsides. The state of early hip hop from New York can be felt in this track as well, mainly in the rhythm section. The organ is truly phenomenal and has become a song that has been on repeat since we were sent the EP. “Zack” is a very intimate piece, adding in a sample of a voice in French over beautiful piano. The sound of hip hop legend Common and his background with the Chicago sound come to mind when I hear this track. It has a warming feel that really attaches a great deal of emotion to every tone. “AYeah” is the last track of the EP and has the most gusto and power. It brings the album full circle and into the present age with the massive sounding samples and rhythms found in every second.
The Schleifen EP has been a very rewarding vehicle of expression to enjoy this summer and we highly recommend grabbing a digital copy to further help this artist expand into more releases."
- Erik Otis - soundcolourvibration.com
"Slovakian netlabel Gergaz is regularly spreading out great underground vibes, digging the work of up-and-coming beatmakers to expose their talent. Latest case in point with Schleifen, the brilliant debut EP from German producer Je$u$ (aka Heyzus Kannibalismus).
Some groovy downtempo beats, a colourful range of strings, horns and vocal samples and a delightful Balkan feeling make this release stand out."
"The word “schleifen” is German for the verb, “sharpen” or “grind”. Fitting, because the enigmatic German beatmaker Je$u$ (Hayzus Kannibalismus) always seems to take fine slivers of jazz and world music samples in order make melodic collages that are a class above. And it’s the melodies that make you come back to these six songs, while the groove hold you like a firm grip."
"El hip hop como el que hace Je$u$ se muerde la cola hace rato. Hay cantidad de músicos que con un par de samples logran un buen clima y ¡zaz! a repetirlos, y creen que allí ya está el track. La creación es una simple emulación de otra música bella que como nos resulta lejana nos resulta novedosa.
Pero como podrán escuchar en “Schleifen”, el nuevo EP de este beatmaker alemán por medio de Gergaz Netlabel, esto de la sampladelia también permite una magia que hasta podríamos decir que es indescifrable, como de prestidigitador. Por que ¿que hace que este EP nos interese, nos llame la atención, al lado del millar de discos similares que se publican día a dia?: lo sutil, lo cristalino de sus hallazgos. Los cálidos sampleos que Je$u$ selecciona tocan una fibra tan especial que nos hace dar ganas de escuchar los tracks originales, de entender de donde surgieron esos toques brillantes. Pero como ya hemos visto en varias ocasiones, y sin estar 100% seguros de todas maneras nos atrevemos a pronunciarlo: lo más probable, lo que debe ocurrir, es que aquí lo especial es el ojo que encuentra. Je$u$ tiene el tacto de sumar los detalles exactos, una limitada gama de sonidos para hacer que la fuerza poética de esos samples se amplifique, y de paso con su manera de manipularlos los traslada a una estética de lo más actual.
Música elegante para disfrutar de los días de sol."
released June 9, 2013