Jap Jap

Jasper Boer

This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.japjap.net/, http://japjap.bandcamp.com/, http://www.last.fm/music/Jap+Jap, http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JapJap

Discography of Jap Jap:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Shapes Are EP 4 Audio 2005-12-13 Nishi
2 Blue Shimmery Fall 11 Audio 2006-01-27 Maetrixsolution
3 A Resonant Discovery 7 Audio 2009-02-28 Monotonik
4 The Ever Expanding Light 12 Audio 2011-10-13 Not On Label (Jap Jap Self-released)
5 Tono Vala 6 Audio 2010-11-01 Not On Label (Jap Jap Self-released)
6 Remixes Compiled 14 Audio 2013-04-27 Not On Label (Jap Jap Self-released)
7 Tono Vala 6 Audio 2010-11-01 Not On Label (Jap Jap Self-released)
8 Wish For Impossible Things 11 Audio Not On Label (Jap Jap Self-released)

High-tech art auteur, Jap Jap is a purveyor of a glistening electronic language that runs the IDM, jazz, drum-n-bass, chill out, trip hop musical genres gamut.

Jap Jap is the solo project of Jasper Boer, based in The Netherlands. Jap Jap demonstrates a depth of musical maturity many commercially successful artists are still striving to attain. A formally trained musician, Jap Jap plays the piano and electric guitar, and exudes an inventive modesty on the drum kit and vocals. He draws inspiration from dreampop, synthpop, postrock and electronica chill out genre artists Ulrich Schnauss and Manual.

Jap Jap's audio sketches of intricate beats and calm mellifluous melodies placed judiciously amongst contrasting shyly quiet rhythms produced with a shimmery quality and studio wizardry are just plain exemplary and brilliant, clean and essential. He has created a synthesis of simplicity and electronic overdubs that supersede other IDM/chill out artists. He masterfully blends and mixes all his compositions with rhythm-conscious production consisting of well thought-out beats, bass lines and electronic treatments. With the successful mixes and beats, even poker pros would love to have this type of rhythm blasting on their headphones to keep them pumped up on the table. That's how his music can influence us. Ambient keyboard segues and layered effected guitars are complemented by occasional dream-like vocals that float atop tender timbres of surreal and effervescent melodies that are alluring and enrapture the listener.

Early in 2006, Jap Jap's full-length album Blue Shimmery Fall was released on net audio label Maetrixsolution and unofficially deemed by net radio listeners and critics as one of the best chill out net-releases of the year. His follow-up release Wish For Impossible Things hit the i-net in February 2007. 2008 has been a busy year for Jap Jap with his third full length release This is Where We'll End and the release of an ethereal remix for Ulrich Schnauss. Also that year he appeared as a producers finalist in the most prestigious Dutch competition for undiscovered national artists: the Dutch Big Prize! Jap Jap is bubbling-up!!

Jap Jap is best summed up by the "In the spotlight" review on Dewtone: "...everything is so charismatically written and it's actually refreshing to hear when modern day composition techniques aren't being abused for the sake of being original. Plush environments and simmering rhythms are teased with minimalistic effects, sounds and soft leads that seem to play off each other effortlessly... Before you know it, you've set your finger down on the repeat button, again."

Setting a high standard with his early productions, in 2009 Jasper starts working on a 4th full-length album The Ever Expanding Light. This album is now planned for release in October 2011. During this production another EP sees the daylight late 2009. A Resonant Discovery is a selection of earlier unreleased works remastered and compiled. Also 2 new collaborative projects are born. Brim Liski is a project with shoegazeband A Shoreline Dream's frontman Ryan Policky and producer Justin Gitlin (Cacheflowe). tono vala is an ambient electronica project with producer Michaël Jacobs (Morgenfish). Both projects result in a memorable release...

Jap Jap remixed for Coparck, A Shoreline Dream, Ulrich Schnauss, Keith Canisius, Dead Leaf Echo, Foals

In his professional life Jasper graduated the "School of the Arts Utrecht" in the direction of "Digital Media Design" and is working as a designer. Check out his online portfolio

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