Jel

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Jel
Birth name Jeffrey James Logan
Born Arlington Heights, Illinois
Origin Oakland, California
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Producer, rapper
Instruments Sampler
Years active 1997–present
Labels Anticon, Mush Records, Lex Records, Fieldwerk Recordings
Associated acts Mr. Dibbs, Doseone, Odd Nosdam, Themselves, Subtle, 13 & God
Website jelsmusic.bandcamp.com

Jeffrey James Logan,[1] better known by his stage name Jel, is an American hip hop producer and rapper. He is co-founder of the record label Anticon.[2] He has been a member of Presage,[3] Themselves, Subtle, and 13 & God.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Jel released his first solo album, 10 Seconds, on Mush Records in 2002. The album is titled after the limited sampling time of E-mu SP-1200.[5] It features contributions from Dax Pierson, Odd Nosdam, Doseone, and Alias.[6]

His second solo album, Soft Money, was released on Anticon in 2006. The album features contributions from Dosh, Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, and Stefanie Böhm of Ms. John Soda, among others.[7]

He released his third solo album, Late Pass, on Anticon in 2013.[8]

Style and influences[edit]

Jel is primarily a producer. He is known for his use of SP-1200 and MPC2000XL to create drum beats with little or no sequencing like playing the drums live via the sampler pads.[9] He has produced numerous tracks for underground hip hop artists such as Deep Puddle Dynamics, Atmosphere, Sole, Sage Francis,[10] and Serengeti.[11]

Jel is also a rapper. He provides vocals on Soft Money.[12] One of his most notable rap performances is "Arrest the President" on Pedestrian's album Volume One: UnIndian Songs. He can also be heard rapping and performing background vocals for his groups such as Themselves, Subtle and 13 & God.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Greenball (2001)
  • Greenball II (2004)
  • Greenball 3rd (2007)
  • Greenball 3.5 (2012)
  • Greenball 4 (2014)
  • Greenball 5 (2015)
  • Greenball 6 (2015)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "D.I.Y. Partisan" (2002) (with 2Mex)
  • "WMD" b/w "All Around" (2005)

Productions[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Port, Ian S. (September 4, 2013). "Unsettled: Jel and the Anticon Label Celebrate 15 Years of Weirdo Hip-Hop". SF Weekly. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Korbel, Meaghann (April 26, 2012). "Review: Jel’s Greenball 3.5". Alarm. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ali, Reyan (December 9, 2009). "Themselves - Two of a Kind: Doseone and Jel stay true to Themselves.". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Holslin, Peter (March 18, 2015). "Jel Is the Mr. Miyagi of Beat Machines". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Haywood, Brad (May 16, 2002). "Jel: 10 Seconds". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (May 2002). "Jel - 10 Seconds". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ Howe, Brian (May 9, 2006). "Jel: Soft Money". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Gieben, Bram E. (September 5, 2013). "Jel - Late Pass". The Skinny. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ Korbel, Meaghann (April 20, 2012). "Q&A: Jel". Alarm. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ Burns, Todd (September 1, 2003). "Jel - 10 Seconds". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bromwich, Jonah (July 31, 2012). "Serengeti: C.A.R.". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Jeffries, David. "Soft Money - Jel". AllMusic. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 

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