In year 2008 Sweden born producer and DJ Jonathan Axelsson aka J. Axel convinced on Plastic City with the singles “This Time” and “Love Letters” (produced together with Astrid Suryanto). In summer 2009 he comes around with his second album “Start Receiving” and the additional remix EP "Keep Receiving" follows in summer 2010. His passion for the Deep House genre started in the middle of the nineties. Jonathan started Djing and producing his own music and met Johan Bacto, who later founded the PlackTown Sound imprint. The productions that were released on PlackTown Sound caused a huge feedback from radio stations, magazines, Djs and television. After releasing a mini album on Chris Grays label Deep4Life he layed his focus on vocals in combination with the deep character of his music while producing and releasing instrumental house tracks beside under his early alias Ronin (on Driftwood). At this time he met Sumatra born vocalist Astrid Suryanto, who worked with Victor Calderone, John Digweed or The Prodigy's Neil McLellan so far. They started working together and Statra Records released their first production “You Give Me (Love)”. On this album Astrid features three songs. But one more female voice supports a track on the album: the voice of Stockholm based Zemya Hamilton. Zemya Hamilton releases singles and albums since 1989 on labels like Sonet Grammofon, WEA, EastWest or Warner, where she published her album “Trollbunden” in 1993. She gave her voice to a lot of dance tracks and produces songs with her band Zemya Hamilton and the Cozmic Energy.
“Start Receiving” is an extraordinary Deep House album. Through the strait structures of the arrangements the voices of both vocalists are able to breathe while the romantic and melancholic synthesizer combinations create a wide and strong background for the melodies they create. In the instrumental tracks Jonathan Axelsson aka J. Axel draws fields of emotional colours that are opening like huge blossoms. Between Lounge and Deep House Jonathan turns every stone and discovers little dimensions he explores with his synthesizers. “Start Receiving” is a really big album that hits heart, body and soul directly.
Artistpage: J. Axel