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ARTIST
TITLE
Step
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
TRAPEZ 007CD TRAPEZ 007CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/21/2006

Trapez is happy to present Jeff Samuel's long-awaited first artist album entitled Step. After seven years of making music, "the 8-bit Tetris wizard" Jeff Samuel has produced a true classic LP, with tracks that rock the floor as well as tracks that are deep and melodic, sometimes even epic. The album has a strong songwriting link, although the music is still stripped down and jacking. Step was created during the spring of 2006, and Samuel continues in the melodic direction of his most recent releases on Trapez and Trapez Ltd, Bork and Endpoint. These tracks were conceived as part of a dancefloor album, but the extra steps and melodic sophistication makes especially the CD version (containing extra tracks) one which can be listened to in sequence. The title itself has many meanings: at its core, a step is an object to get from one level to another. We can see that Jeff has accomplished this on the closing track of the CD "I Think They Are Trying To Say Something," which uses a melody that evolves over the course of nine minutes, never repeating itself. His production elements have also been stepped up, including the use of strings on some tracks and even a short journey into broken beats on "Month 2 Month," both an ode to Detroit and to the struggle of living in the USA as a techno artist. Jeff's recent DJ sets have already been setting dance floors ablaze with album tracks like "Off The Mark" and "You Will Never Know," both featuring Samuel's trademark basslines and almost song-like hooks. With Step, Samuel consciously wanted to take his melodies as far as he could. While they have always been present in early works such as "Double Yum," "Knob" and "Fcote," they were never as outward and naked as on this LP. Could this album be his final statement in this direction? Maybe we will find out in another seven years.