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“Lekker Jy” by Jerome Rex is an ode to single mother’s with a feel-good, 90’s R&B vibe. The track is from his 2013 début, Jerome en Geselskap. In this episode, we examine the track’s rhythm section – namely, drums, bass, keys and FX. The song also features the magnificent talents of Neo-Soul/Jazz vocalist, Ms Lenda.
Music Production Techniques
“Lekker Jy” not only contains a solid drum line, but also a funky, live bass line. In addition, the track includes some creative keyboard programming and sampling. JK first explains his techniques for slicing a drum loop as the foundation for the track. Then he unpacks the extra rhythmic layers of sub FX, hi-hats and snares. Then shows us the live bass track, performed by session bassist, Ryan May. In addition, he reveals his use of keyboards, including pads, organ and synth patches as well as bells, all of which result in giving the track a current music production sensibility. Finally he solo’s the percussive FX used in the beat.
“Jerome Rex – Lekker Jy featuring Ms Lenda”
Produced, recorded and mixed by JK for Exilic Music
Programming and vocal production: JK
Live Bass: Ryan May
Mastered by Kevin Reed at MediaMix, Cape Town