Known foremost as a drum nâ€™ bass and house DJ, UK-bred but LA-based rapper and electronic producer DJ Rap (Charissa Saverio) releases her fourth studio album, Synthesis on the famed Ministry of Sound label. Let’s get one thing straight:Â Synthesis is definitely a club record, however itâ€™s a mixture of other moods and sounds as well. On the rock-influenced â€œOpen Your Eyes,â€ we’re given some crazy guitar-shreds, and on â€œI Wouldnâ€™t Change A Thingâ€ weâ€™re introâ€™d with a sweet piano solo.
With many years behind the decks, now Charissa is stepping forward as a singer as well. On Synthesis she showcases her vocals alongside live instrumentation –which to be honest, is quite interesting on a dance album. In this regard, the album is eclectic in terms of the overall feel and sound; its moody especially, which I suspect is the goal of an artist whoâ€™s had many ups and downs in her fifteen years in the music business.
Nonetheless, DJ Rap has been on the scene since the mid-90s producing, DJing, singing, and writing her own music as well as her own path in the music world. Her most well-received album, 1999â€™s Learning Curve sold over a million copies, which is unheard of for a dance record.