MUSIC REVIEW | JSTJR Releases ‘Tiguere,’ featuring Jenn Morel

JSTJR (“gesture”) just finished touring with Kayzo, and is gearing up for summer with the release of “Tiguere,” highlighting the vocal prowess of Jenn Morel, who is poised to be the next female rap megastar. “Tiguere” is on the Insomniac Records label.

Originally from Santiago de los Caballeros, Morel grew up in New York City, and now resides in L.A. She hooked up prodigy producer JSTJR, whose beau coup bass-flavored dance music has released on renowned labels such as Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold, SMOG, and Insomniac.

JSTJR’s sound revolves around the Zouk Bass vibration popularized by Buraka Som Sistema. Zouk Bass takes ‘80s French Antillean Zouk music and rotates the rhythm and melody, reduces the beats-per-minute, and nudges it with extended electronic bass. The result is Jovian dance music with red-hot oomph. In 2018, JSTJR will be touring nationwide, hitting the big festivals in the U.S.

Jenn Morel comments on the title of the song: “Such a fun song, Tiguere is a slang word from my home land, Republica Dominicana, used to describe a Bad Boy. This record is so Badddd!”

“Tiguere” opens with potently blipping synths and Morel’s voguish vocals. The groove merges funk, Latin dance and remote hints of hip-hop into a walloping beat riding on a bassline from the Mariana Trench.

Morel’s rapping dexterity skewers the lyrics, imbuing the tune with vigorous enthusiasm and a sublimely wicked eroticism. Eschewing English, she spits out New York Dominican Spanglish with lithe sonic skill, like the chatter of a machine gun, tight, rigorous, and lethal. Biting, snapping vocal harmonies augment the force of Morel’s thwacking delivery.

“Tiguere” radiates supercharged energy, as well as a galvanizing, throbbing sensuality that emerges from the mighty bass and Morel’s unbridled tones. The rhythm pulsates with compelling dynamism mirrored by Morel’s impaling phrasing. With “Tiguere,” JSTJR and Jenn Morel parade their dazzling talents.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.