Los Angeles-based duo J*Davey, consisting of singer Jack Davey and producer Brook Dâ€šÃ„Ã´Leau, offer a smorgasbord of sounds on their double album, The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost EP. Running the spectrum of electronica to hip-hop and everything in between, the longtime high school friends have made a solid album for those with an open mind to musical marriages.
â€šÃ„ÃºDivisions of Joyâ€šÃ„Ã¹ properly begins Beauty by possibly referencing their own lack of genre categorization. The mash-up of Dâ€šÃ„Ã´Leauâ€šÃ„Ã´s electronic hip-hop is then centrally showcased on â€šÃ„ÃºEverybody Touchâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and the too-long â€šÃ„ÃºEnterception,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the former an orgy of musical beats that begins J*Daveyâ€šÃ„Ã´s sexual awakening. Davey seduces a sugar daddy on â€šÃ„ÃºMr. Mister,â€šÃ„Ã¹ while â€šÃ„ÃºNo Moreâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is basically a sequel to Janet Jacksonâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºAnytime, Anyplace.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Of the two albums, Beauty is less commercially appealing and will take a keen ear to hear the messages beyond the otherworldly keyboard beats and the bass-heavy sounds, but a repeat play will treat the listener to an innovative album.
Lost takes a different strategy and separates the harder hip-hop tracks, which were missing from the first album, from the electronica songs. Of the hip-hop tracks, â€šÃ„ÃºRock the Dancehallâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is the choice cut as it effortlessly mixes lounge with reggae, an oxymoron of styles that works with help from Kardinall Offishall. â€šÃ„ÃºThickâ€šÃ„Ã¹ teases its listeners with a brief 10-second production switch at the end of its intermission and transitions the EP to its more electronica side that focuses on love, including the mesmerizing â€šÃ„ÃºJust Becauseâ€šÃ„Ã¹ that echoes Daveyâ€šÃ„Ã´s voice and the album-ending â€šÃ„ÃºSlooowâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with its light keyboard blips. While â€šÃ„ÃºLaLalandâ€šÃ„Ã¹ would have been a more appropriate introduction to this EP, with its tale of plastic humans and palm trees in Los Angeles, the overall album showcases just how creative J*Davey is without putting them in a box.