Depending from which side you are listening the deep house of Ajukaja is either loose or real tight. The funk in it certainly is nasty. It’s also bold funk, devious, tough and atypical house music. The lush sounds that surround it are both warm and dark and often strikingly melodic.
“Ajukaja” is the first solo album from Raul Saaremets. A musician, producer, influential DJ and radio-host for more than two decades - top music enthusiast of Estonia!
He has been and is a drummer in many different groups and has produced electronic music under several guises and as a member of various partnerships. On “Ajukaja” you hear him all alone, in and with the music that has been closest to his heart during the last twenty years – underground dance music.
Ajukaja is coming from the John Peel school of DJing, for whom he actually recorded a session while drumming for Roovel Oobik. As a promoter and resident DJ of Estonian longest running monthly club-night Mutant Disco (13 years and counting) he has played records alongside Moodymann and Idjut Boys, DJ Pierre and Cassio Ware, Zomby and Raffertie amongst many many others.
So the sounds of Ajukaja don’t start and end with deep house. Ajukaja’s musical interests and aims are all multifaceted, concerning everything that’s different and challenging, open to all that is old and dusty, but mainly looking for the future after the future.
“Ajukaja” is the first of the three long-players planned to come out within a year that bring together Raul Saaremets’ nightime productions from 1997-2010.