“Keljet is about partying.” Residing from Nijmegen (that’s in Netherlands and near Germany), Keljets’ other motto is “We want to make you smile and dance to our music.” These are the only descriptions about the Dutchmen available online. Shrouded in a cloud of anonymity as they are, Keljet is–and really, have been for some time now–most definitely succeeding in making some really nifty and just fun music.
Along with partying, Keljet is all about creating some kind of tropical fusion between mainstream sounds and laid back, tropical disco. And they are doing it damn, damn well. The latest track (which I’ve been meaning to post for awhile now), is a prime example of what Keljet is all about: songs that will make you both swoon into a daze and gyrate into a frenzy, perhaps at the same time, perhaps independently.
J. Moneypenny was part of La Fille de L’Air compilation, “Zephyr” and it’s a soulful, light gaze right down the beach, mon.
By interweaving (*gasp*) real instruments (some darn nifty guitar riffs), Keljet makes tunes that are ambidextrous, and really, that’s what good music often is–fit for a hang over or a pregame. They’re also evidently rather good at the whole French Express “let’s sample R&B tracks from the 90s and make them as sexier than thou Lush disco”. Hop on the Delorean to 1994, where Brandy and Are You Afraid of the Dark? were probably staples in your life.
A while back, Keljet also tweaked a song from Coldplay’s last album and turned it into something very un-Coldplay (uplifting).
The first time I heard a Keljet work, it was what remains one of the finer pop-remixes in my catalogue. You won’t hear Dirty South or Axwell open with an A Capella of this version–but they should consider it, at least for variations sake.
Keljet vibes. Their sound has progressed/fed off the current “disco scene,” but no one really seems to notice because of their demographics and lack of a buzzworthy label. That really ought to change.