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JAM-ON RETURNS!!!
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:19:45 PM »
JAM-ON RETURNS!!!

The Sad, Sad Tale…

OK, let me first start by saying that this year, 2012, so far has been the most trying, difficult, stressful year of my entire adult life!

Saying that, allow me to recap.  November 15th of last year when I wrote my last update I had come up with what I had thought was the perfect plan.  I was going to give myself exactly 3 months to come up with the songs to finish the Newcleus album.  Failing that, I would simply release what I had as an EP, and for those who preordered the album I would couple it with the Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew EP that I had been working on for years.  Simple stuff… brilliant plan!

As a great poet and songwriter once said… “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”

November, and then December passed without me spending more than a few days in the studio, all without any results.  Then the holidays came along with their distractions.  “No worry,” I said, “I’ll just pick it up in January.”  Then in January I got sick.  Then, just as I was getting better, Lady E’s mother got sick and was back and forth to the hospital.  Since we now live in Pennsylvania and both of our mothers are still in Brooklyn we are constantly running back and forth.  Finally, it was February and not 1 new Newcleus song had even been started.  However, I had not given up on new material, and figured that since January had been lost due to illness I would extend the time rather than go to releasing the 2 EPs right away.

Then… 6:30 AM, the morning after Valentine’s Day… February 15th, my self-appointed deadline… our entire world was turned upside down!

Now, I am not going to explain what happened or go into any details whatsoever.  It is personal and private.  Only our closest family and friends know what happened.  But, it is devastating, tragic, and ongoing.  And expensive.  We are dealing with it still, will be for some time to come, and unless God really blesses us, likely we'll be dealing with it for the rest of our lives.  We ask for all of you that pray to keep us in your prayers, and you that don’t please send some positive thoughts and vibes our way.

Anyway, at that point paralysis set in.  I couldn’t even listen to music much less create any.  Both Lady E and I were in the depths of shock and depression.  I tried to keep the Jam-On The Groove show going, basically for our son Matt (DJ Dogtrane) who was probably suffering the most out of all of us, but my heart, mind and soul just weren’t in it.  This is the main reason why there hasn’t been a podcast in months.  I couldn’t bring myself to update the forum or the site because I just couldn’t deal with dwelling on it.  Plus I had no idea what I could say as an explanation, and had absolutely nothing positive to report.  

For the next couple of months or so we just wallowed in depression.  I basically put the Newcleus album (and all of my music) out of my mind for the most part, except for a couple of deals where people contacted me for licenses.  To compound things, in April I came down with an abdominal malady that is still lingering.  Then, my mother somehow injured her shoulder, which put her in excruciating pain that the doctors can’t seem to fix.  Back and forth to Brooklyn again.  Lady E also came down with her own recurring stomach issue.  2012 has been rough.  Very rough.

However…


This is a happy update!  In fact, it is the happiest update that I have ever written!  For the first time in years I have clarity of vision and mission.  I now know exactly what I am doing with my music, and I am diving into it!

Here is what happened.  At the end of April, Rush Hour Records, a record distribution company out of The Netherlands, licensed and re-released the House EP that I put out in 1990, Dream 2 Science.  It was met with much praise and rave reviews, which blew me away!  Many of the things said in the reviews made me start to revisit the mindset that I had when I was writing and producing House music in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.  It was the most freedom that I had enjoyed in my professional career, as for the first time I was doing exactly the kind of music that I wanted to in whatever manner that pleased me.  The only rule I was following was using a House beat, the music itself was right from my soul.  I wasn’t trying to please anyone but myself.

That was the kind of freedom we enjoyed when we were Positive Messenger, before we had a record deal, and that freedom ended up manifesting itself in the greatest Newcleus songs.  It was only on the 2nd album that we started kowtowing to what the record company people wanted.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Space Is The Place album, but we were driven by a different motivation for that project.  Jam On Revenge was populated mostly by Positive Messenger songs, which were written completely from our hearts and souls.  Only “Why” and “Teknology” from the 2nd album can carry that claim.

When I stopped doing House and went back to producing Rap and R&B artists in 1992, I lost track of that freedom.  My outlet for touching on it was when I worked on Jazz, but unfortunately I never tried to do anything with my Jazz stuff.  Most of my energy was directed towards producing Rap and R&B that sounded like the other crap out there, and it was a completely fruitless endeavor.  Then, when I started working on the new Newcleus album I made  the same mistake.  Instead of letting my heart dictate the music I narrowed my creative focus to a certain type of music.  No wonder it has taken me so long to finish, I have never really been that kind of artist.  The results have had much more in common with the 2nd album than the 1st, though I am quite happy with them.

Clarity!

Revisiting my House music mindset caused me to listen to many of my old House tracks again, and to re-feel that freedom that permeates throughout the music.  This in turn inspired me to want to create music again.  But, more importantly, it made me examine my current mindset in producing and releasing music.  I realized that I was putting myself in a box, instead of thinking and creating outside of it.  With Newcleus, I was making the mistake of constantly limiting my conception of what we are.  First I had decided that there would be no more Newcleus albums, then I had decided to do a remix album, then I had decided that Newcleus would be only Electro.  Even up until 2010 I had decided that there would be no more Newcleus Rap songs.  Can you imagine Newcleus without Rap?  I had.  I had imposed stupid rules on myself, stupid rules of my own making.

When I had finally decided to do new Newcleus material in 2006, I had made the decision to make all of the songs Electro, and release my new Hip-Hop and Funk tracks as Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew.  Now, as I reexamined that decision and my entire professional career, I realized that I had seriously blundered.  Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew IS Newcleus!  It has been from the very beginning!  When I created “Jam-On’s Revenge” in 1981, it wasn’t a Positive Messenger song, it was a Cozmo D & Jam-On song.  When we had decided to release that song first was also when we had decided to change our name to Newcleus.  But, what is more, we had also decided to release that record as Newcleus Featuring Cozmo & The Jam-On Production Crew.  We had been Cozmo D & Jam-On from the very beginning!  It was only when we had moved from May Hew Records to Sunnyview that Jam-On was removed, and not by our doing.

I now realize that by stripping Newcleus of the Jam-On element, by removing the Funk, Hip-Hop and fun, I was depriving the people who loved Newcleus of a huge proportion of what made us what we were.  Sure, I was still going to do it separately as Cozmo & Jam-On, but what people really loved was the entire package that was Newcleus.  I don’t think that I have ever met anyone who said that they loved “Computer Age” but didn’t like “Jam On It”, or that they loved “Automan” but didn’t care for “Jam On Revenge”.  “Automan” and “Computer Age” began life as Positive Messenger songs, while “Jam On It” and “Jam On Revenge” were clearly Jam-On Crew, but together they were Newcleus!  I was doing our fans… and ourselves, a disservice.  What is more, by dividing us into two different entities, what I was coming up with was two weaker products.  Pretty damn stupid.

With this new realization, I have made the decision to stop limiting my conception of Newcleus and to bring Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew back into the mix.  I am restructuring and updating the Jam-On Crew songs “Summer Of ‘79” and “We Don’t Do Funk Anymore” and adding them to the new Newcleus album after neglecting them for years.

But, That Isn’t All…

While digging through my archive CDs, looking for unreleased House tracks that I had left over from the ‘90s, I came across the audio that I had transferred from the original Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew album that we had started in 1990.  This was a project that I had envisioned during the height of my House era, with my mind free of music industry and self-imposed restrictions.  It was designed to be my answer to the impostor Newcleus group and to reclaim our legacy.  It was pure Funk with a Hip-Hop beat, complete with horns, bass and guitar.  It was deeply inspired by George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, just as “Jam On Revenge” had been.  The name of the album was “Jam-On Returns”.  

When I changed focus in ’92 this album had been put on the backburner.  After that, whenever I would think about it, though I really loved the tracks, I would come up with some lame reason for not working on it.  It was too ‘70s funkish, or it wasn’t Hip-Hop enough, or it wasn’t Electro enough…  Stupidity.  However, now with my mind once again free and unfettered of such foolish notions, I realized that these tracks deserved to see the light of day… as part of Newcleus!  After all, that was the very idea behind them, to be the next stage of the Newcleus genesis, even if under a different though very familiar name.  Now that we have reclaimed our name and legacy these songs should be the heralds of our victorious return to making new music.  

So, I found two of my favorites from the album, “Jam-On Returns (Been A Long Time Comin’)”, a metaphoric song about a certain former “producer” and his impostor group, and “Jam It On”, a “Jam On Revenge” type instrumental track with wikki-wikki vocals.  That gave me 11 songs for the album, which was great.  But 12 would be even better.  Then, on another CD I found the audio for “That Greatest Love”, a smooth and funky spiritual song of praise.  I took this as a sign, as both previous Newcleus albums contained spiritual songs, though Jonathan Fearing took almost all of the vocals out of “No More Runnin’”, and the record company made me change the lyric “Jesus” to “Abba” in “Why”.  This time, it is us who are calling the shots, and spirituality is at the very core of who we are.  So, there will be two spiritual songs on this album, “Returned To Earth” and “That Greatest Love”.  And considering how much God has blessed us, even through this darkest of years, it is more than appropriate.

So Here We Are!


I am very happy to finally announce that ALL of the songs for the new album are now chosen, written and almost completely recorded, so we are in the final stages.  Half of the songs are completely finished and just need to be mixed for the album.  Half of the rest either just need to be tweaked and/or a vocal re-laid, and then they will be ready to be mixed.  Only the 3 songs from the ‘90s have extensive work still to be done on them, as I have to install special software to extract the MIDI files from the old archived sequences, and then find new sounds for the parts.  The audio needs to be reconstructed as well, and some new vocals recorded.  Still, I don’t envision having to spend more than a week on each track.  All in all, I am dedicating this summer to finalizing the album for a fall release.  I will be starting in earnest from the moment I post this update.  I am suspending our Internet radio show Jam-On The Groove for all of July and August to free up even more time.  I have learned my lesson about announcing dates and deadlines, but I am completely confident that with all of the creative work put to bed we are finally looking at the endgame.

Jam-On Returns!

Also, for the 3rd and final time, we are changing the name of the album.  The name is now, appropriately, “Jam-On Returns”.  The name of the group is now and again Newcleus Featuring Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew.  For the album cover we are going back to the comic book art style of the first two albums.  We have reclaimed our name and our legacy, and now we are reclaiming our identity.  We are back to who we are!

Other News…

For the first time in ages things are cooking here at Jam-On.  I am stimulated, motivated and inspired and looking to manifest that into many new releases.

Most likely the first up will be “Automan”.  In 1986 I went into Arthur Baker’s Shakedown Studios to record “Greedy Girls” by The Move.  While we were there, I procured the original 2 inch multi-track of “Automan”, and Dave Ogrin and I mixed it down using all of the original instruments and background vocals that Jonathan Fearing had omitted in the original release.  Dave also did a quick dub.  Both of these were recorded to digital beta tape, and subsequently forgotten.  In 2010 I bought a used beta machine and a digital converter and rediscovered these gems.  This year, I licensed the vocal version to City Beat Records for their Underground Electro 3 compilation album release.  I will release both versions along with the original and perhaps a remix or 2 as a single or EP.  Look for that in early July at the store, and available for download worldwide soon after that.

Next up will be our re-release of the Dream 2 Science EP.  You can get Rush Hour’s excellent re-release right now on vinyl, CD or as a download, but I plan to package ours with all of the remixes from the original release of the “My Love Turns To Liquid” single.  This release would be ready right now, but my DAT machine took a dump just when I went to transfer the remixes to the computer.  So, I am on the hunt for a new DAT machine.  This EP probably represents my best and most acclaimed work as a House producer, and it is generally well received even by Electro and Hip-Hop fans.  It expresses the same sonic and musical originality and freedom of creativity that the early Newcleus material did.  I am extremely proud of it, and think that most of you would love it.  Look for it in mid to late July, worldwide downloads soon after.

Also waiting on my DAT machine hunt is the Ben “Cozmo D” Cenac Presents: Cozmic House compilation album.  This will contain an assortment of my best House music productions, both released and unreleased.  They will stretch from “Pay Me” by the Cellar Boyz, produced by me and Chilly B in 1986 and featuring the Jam-On DJs as vocalists, to my Dream 2 Science Remix of “Destination Earth (1999)” by Newcleus that I did in 2006.  20 years worth of slammin’ Cozmo D House joints, all on one album.  Look for this one in the store in late July to mid August, with downloads to follow.

The next up will be a current project that I am really excited about!  While digging through my archives I unearthed the 12 track recording of “Teknology” by Newcleus.  Before we went into Sigma Sound Studios to record it on 24 track I had laid it down on the 12 track in our studio.  Years later I transferred it to digital, but I must have not gotten all the tracks because what I found is only 8 of the 12.  However, the only things that are missing are the drums and the samples.  Everything else that I have is identical to what was recorded on 24 track!  PERFECT for remixing!  So, I am now eagerly awaiting remixes from some of the best Electro and House producers in the world!  I am confident that the results will be spectacular!  If I get what I am hoping for, I plan to go the extra mile with this release.  I am envisioning a CD and digital download release of the very best remixes, and hopefully a vinyl release of the very best of those.  My optimum wish would be for enough dope remixes to come in to do 2 12-inch vinyl releases, one of the best Electro remixes and the other of the best House remixes.  So far, the samples I have heard of remixes in progress have been off the chain!  This project should be wrapped up and released in the store by mid August to early September, with digital downloads and hopefully vinyl soon to follow.

On The Horizon

Once the Newcleus album is ready for release I will start working on a new Dream 2 Science project.  Also, I will begin working again with my former business and production partner Gregg “G4” Fore (Buster Fhott) on a new Dance Advisory Commission project.  Also in the works will be finally completing my “Millennium Call” project, almost 15 years in the making.

In Closing…

In the 5 days that I have been working on this update we received an immense blessing!  I am full of confidence and drive with the knowledge that for the first time in 20 years… maybe for the first time in my recording career… I am moving in the right direction with the right motivation.  We are still smack dab in the middle of a very trying time, but our faith has never waned and right now I cannot ever recall feeling stronger.  Of course, I am still running Jam-On Productions basically as a 1-man show, which is far from easy.  But, y’all haven’t given up on me, God hasn’t given up on me, and I will NOT let you down!  Stay tuned, cause we ‘bout to come with it!

EZ,
Coz
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Re: JAM-ON RETURNS!!!
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2012, 04:33:00 PM »
Great news Coz,  can't wait to hear the new stuff!  May God continue to bless you and help you through these trying times.  Get this thing rolling again brotha!

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Re: JAM-ON RETURNS!!!
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 03:43:12 AM »
Thanks Mike!  I'm rollin' now baby! :)

Working on updating the site tonight, and actually had to do the song list for the album.  Turns out that there are 13 songs, not 12!  Gonna have to shorten a few up a good bit! :lol:

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 07:03:36 PM »
God Bless Jam On :)

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Re: JAM-ON RETURNS!!!
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2012, 06:47:12 AM »
It will all be worth the wait, I know. Good luck Coz! Keep you eyes on the prize! We will always be here for you. :) You have my sympathy and understanding, and I hope you can get past all of your obstacles. Just keep positive!
And I still claim the fame of being the first to pre-order! Lol it's been a long wait, but Im still hangin on! Getting excited again!!!
Yo Cozmo! Give us a beat man!

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012, 11:06:40 AM »
God Bless Jam On :)
Thanks Mike, may God bless you and yours as well. :)

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2012, 11:09:29 AM »
It will all be worth the wait, I know. Good luck Coz! Keep you eyes on the prize! We will always be here for you. :) You have my sympathy and understanding, and I hope you can get past all of your obstacles. Just keep positive!
And I still claim the fame of being the first to pre-order! Lol it's been a long wait, but Im still hangin on! Getting excited again!!!
Yes, it's been a long time, but the wait has made this album better than it would have been if it came out sooner.  Thanks for hangin' in there Jabo, gonna reward your excitement this time!  :buds:

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2012, 11:52:43 AM »
Yay...things are starting to look up for the rest of this year!

Still hanging in there for Limited Edition number #50, Coz. Very encouraged by your words and will as you pass through your own period of strife.

Bring it!

P.S. Give a big hug to Yvette from Joy and I.
You'll just have to ask for my signature.

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2012, 01:36:35 PM »
Thanks Scott, please do the same for us to Joy and Becca!  Y'all are still in our prayers! :)