Michael Jablonka is renowned for performing with the soulful award-nominated and winner, Michael Kiwanuka. but certainly shows with new EP, Go-Go, that he can hold his own as a solo performer. Establishing a Rootsy-blues, American-rock kind of sound, his four-track record is clearly influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Beck and Hendrix, whilst centring around an old drum machine he picked up in New York.
Born and raised in London, Michael Jablonka has been performing since the youthful age of fourteen and is a sought after guitarist. Far more than an exceptional session musician, Michael Jablonka is proving with these releases that he too has song writing and conceptual notions worth trailing, compiling an interesting back catalogue of soulful rock tracks.
You just have to look to the title track to find the results of this conceptual record, the drum machine locks on to a deadpan bassline that leads into Michael’s frustrated raw vocal with chiming guitar. Go-Go is a builder, reaching climatic distinctions, with a resonating tone of disappointment in his lyrics.
Reflective and mindful, this record doesn’t entirely centre around the drum machine, there is something more substantial at the core of this music. Play Dead hooks you in from the offset with it’s laid back groove, and that bass underpinning the sad prospect of unrequited feelings. And well, that pretty much captures you until Homesick, which brings the EP full circle, a laid back bluesy song. It’s As If You Weren’t Even Here that stands out for me, outlining not only Jablonka’s wide-ranging influences but his versatility, the hip soulful shuffle reminiscent of the work of Radiohead on Hail to the Thief or Beck on Odelay.
The wondrous percussion runs a welcoming thread throughout this four-track EP, which makes it a more interesting offering than Myriads. Embedded with soulful roots music, and bassy blues, Go-Go laments Jablonka’s solo performing career, pivotal with this release.