Exploring the 5 elements of life in a style which blends jazz, rock, reggae and Celtic folk and pays homage to the creativity and analogue synth sounds of the eighties.
Roy Jones returns from a five year gap with a rich concept album "Five Elements" which explores the ancient building blocks of life: earth, air, fire, water and space through the medium of songwriting. The style and mood of each piece is very different from its accompanying songs giving, a vibrancy and originality to the work. The songs definitely capture the ethos of the eighties both in vocal and instrumental styles. Indeed, some of the songs were actually written in the mid eighties and this EP represents the completion of a long held vision. From the chilled reggae of Water, to the Celtic folk of Earth Mother this EP will continue to surprise and delight your senses with its scope and breadth of vision.
Dubstep, with roots in both pop and real dub, which brings a positive hope-fueled message, in a tough economic time.
This track is a departure in style from the loop/guitar style of Red Lotus. Formerly involved as singer/songwriter for London based dub-rock outfit, "Red Beat", Roy has drawn on these early Dub-Reggae influences and combined them with modern electronic sounds to produce a Dubstep track in a classic single format. This is the flagship track for a new album which is in the pipeline.
Ground-breaking, up-beat trax with a mixture of classic and contemporary vocal styles and lush harmonies. Lyrics which challenge the listeners to look deep into themselves and question the world. Sampling genres as diverse as rock, reggae, dance and rap.
First solo release from Red Beat vocalist Roy Jones: Red Lotus is a searching album which draws on 80's punk and reggae, Latin grooves and Jazz chords mixed with Buddhist philosophy which pushes the listener into reflecting on what we could do to make the World a better place. Every track is up tempo with interesting guitar riffs, the occasional Celtic Harp, lush strings and jazzy brass arrangements all built on a confident drum 'n bass groove. Vocals sometimes recall the 80's style of brother Howard Jones, sometimes the harsh urban rock of post-punk London and sometimes shows its soul and jazz influences. The range of styles is impressive and Roy handles each one impressively from the urban reggae of Phobia to the bangra rap of Soft Power. The melodies and those harmonies are really haunting. You find them going round and round in your head, particularly tracks like Heart of the People and Red Lotus. This album is compelling and thought provoking. Give it some space and it'll take you on a journey to a deeper place.
Roy Jones & Marc Elton
Relaxing, light but lively Celtic World Music combining traditional fiddle and celtic harp with world rhythms and soothing vocals.
Chaozmos was originally released on CD in 1997 under the band name"Ysbryd", a Welsh word which means 'spirit'. The band, from West Wales, comprised of Marc Elton on Violin, Mandolin and Pipes and Roy Jones on Keyboards, Celtic Harp and Vocals. The word 'chaosmos' appears in Irish writer, James Joyce's masterpiece of ambiguity - 'Finnegans Wake'. It is a fusion of the words chaos and cosmos. It was decided to change the spelling of the word so that when pronounced, the idea of order wins over disorder! Chaozmos is an album of Celtic music recorded at Marc's studio in Morriston, Swansea, Slate Street Studios. The album contains eleven titles, all of which are original songs in both English and Welsh languages.
Roy and Marc first met in 1993, when they were collaborating on the music for a short film called 'The Tree' which was based on a Dylan Thomas short story. They then went on to write music for a longer film which formed part of Swansea's City of Literature festival, entitled 'The Holy Six'. The music for both films had a distinctive Celtic, Welsh flavour. Following this Marc and Roy decided that making an album of this kind of music would be a great thing to do. And after taking part in a business venture at Glastonbury Festival in the summer of 1995, where Marc and Roy ran a small WorldCeltic music stage and a cafe called Maes Myrddin, they decided to begin the album in July of that year and completed it by early May, 1996.
Both Marc and Roy have a history of playing with various bands over the years. Marc used to be in a band called Solstice in the early eighties who produced an album and Roy's band Red Beat made several single releases around the same time. Since then they have worked as backing musicians for various artists, notably Howard Jones and Jim Diamond.
This album is a little known classic, loved by the select few who know of its existence.
Review from Kindred Spirit Nov. 1998
Chaozmos Ysbryd Dragon Music DRA001CD Changing World Music
Traditional Celtic Music with a Welsh edge, there is something a little unusual and interesting going on here. Ysbryd have taken the Celtic sound as a basis, then added all manner of other musical ingredients, including unusual time signatures, modern technology, Caribbean, Latin and Jazz, all of which are played to a high standard. Innovative traditional music which has been blended with many other global sounds to produce a mixture of music past and present.