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Challenge - Review by Andre Avanessian

Being no stranger to the mightily creative works of songwriting duo C & J of Caramel Jam, I had an overwhelmingly strong feeling before diving into their new collaborative musical effort "Challenge" that it would prove to be yet another dazzling example of the duo's meticulous craftsmanship and enthralling musical style, and lo and behold, I was not mistaken. In the pulsating realm of fusion styles, "Challenge" emerges as a formidable force, seamlessly blending soul, funk, and fusion into a sonic compendium that captivates the senses. Having enlisted the vocal talents of frequent collaborator Célia Ramos as well as several additional musicians who each help to bring something particularly exciting to the table, Caramel Jam has whisked up a truly delectable piece of music that places a firm focus on both feeling and melody, resulting in a deliciously spicy tune that offers plenty in the way of enticing grooves and hip-sounding hooks throughout.

The funk-infused rhythm section provides the backbone of "Challenge," injecting the track with an infectious groove that demands attention. The bassline grooves with a pulsating energy, while the drummer lays down intricate patterns that drive the momentum forward and together they create a foundation that allows Célia Ramos' undeniable vocal flair to flourish. The arrangement of "Challenge" is nothing short of compelling, a testament to the collective vision of the musicians involved. The dynamics shift seamlessly between moments of heightened intensity and soulful introspection, keeping the listener engaged from start to finish. The composition showcases a keen sense of balance, allowing each instrument to shine individually while contributing to the cohesive whole. Throughout the track, the fusion of soulful elements and jazz-funk sensibilities creates a unique sonic experience. The melodic hooks are irresistible, and the rhythmic intricacies add layers of complexity that reveal themselves upon repeated listens. The synergy between the musicians is palpable, creating a musical conversation that feels both organic and deeply engaging.

"Challenge" is a marvelous piece of soul-injected funk-fusion and I can certainly see it strongly resonating with fans of the genre.

About The Reviewer
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session guitarist, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording.            

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Giulia in Wonderland - Review by Andre Avanessian

Dynamic creative duo C and J of Caramel Jam return with yet another truly enthralling piece of songwriting that manages to effortlessly weave the elegant sound of smooth jazz together with the deeply delectable sounds of funk-infused soul, resulting in an ultra-stylish, hip-sounding, and irrefutably absorbing listening experience that draws the listener in with ease. Lovingly inspired by J's goddaughter and fronted by frequent vocal collaborator Célia Ramos, "Giulia in Wonderland" expertly blends sophisticated harmonic progressions, dreamlike melodic expressions, dazzling performances, and a richly detailed arrangement together in order to envelop the listener in a way that is both comforting and soothing, resulting in another marvelous foray into the spellbinding world of Caramel Jam and their intriguingly distinct style.


The performances, both nuanced and full of feeling bring a strong sense of finesse to the writing that allows the music to breathe and unfurl in a deeply organic and natural manner. Célia's truly mesmerizing vocal presence helps infuse the track with an almost dreamlike aura, helping to make each and every beautifully phrased vocal melody glide effortlessly over the underlying harmony with a level of elegance that you simply can't help but become utterly transfixed by. The supporting instrumentation, a diverse collection of groove-installed bass lines, funk-laden guitar hooks, deeply expressive synth and key moments, and momentum-creating percussive elements create a truly warm and welcoming sonic backdrop that allows the track's distinct funk, soul, and jazz elements to thread together in a way that ensures the arrangement's continuous smooth sense of flow is never disrupted. The guitar, with its clean and precise licks, adds a playful element whilst the funk-infused bassline, adds a layer of buoyancy, injecting a delightful groove that is impossible to resist - combine this with the wildly expressive synth interludes and engaging harmonic craft on display and you end up with a piece of music that continuously rewards.


The overall production of "Giulia in Wonderland" is a testament to the art of subtlety. The mix is carefully crafted, allowing each instrument its moment in the spotlight without overshadowing the collective harmony. It's a sonic painting where every brushstroke is deliberate, and every color serves a purpose, resulting in a thoroughly well-rounded and detail-rich mix that helps ensure the subtle nuances of both the songwriting and performance are effectively captured and conveyed to the listener.


"Giulia in Wonderland" is a sterling piece of jazz-infused funk soul and I'm sure lovers of the genre will find it to be a thoroughly rewarding listening experience.

Andre Avanessian is a freelance session guitarist, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording.

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Elevator - Review by Andre Avanessian

Dynamic and creative duo C and J of Caramel Jam return with yet another scintillating piece of electronica-injected modern pop that manages to yet again effortlessly capture both the attention and imagination of its listeners. "Elevator" is an electrifying, genre-fusing tune that offers plenty in the way of tantalizing melodies, absorbing sonic textures, and perhaps even most important of all, personality. In the vast landscape of modern music, where genres meld and boundaries dissolve, "Elevator" proves itself to be a particularly intriguing gem that's bursting at its seams with a grand sense of exciting creative extravagance. This electrifying pop track, infused with the pulsating energy of electronica, elevates the auditory experience to exhilarating heights. Like a sonic time capsule, it transports listeners on an unforgettable journey through layers of soundscapes, emotions, and nostalgia.

Caramel Jam have always been masters when it comes to melding a number of distinct genres together and thankfully "Elevator" is no different. Elements of both modern and retro pop styles, dance, classical, and even samba-inspired stylistic flourishes seamlessly merge together to create a sound that is both diverse and sonically absorbing. As a result, "Elevator" feels as if it's never conforming to any one particular style, allowing it to spread its unique sense of character far and wide whilst still feeling like a cohesive piece of songwriting. It also helps that "Elevator" makes superb use of its texture-filled soundscape thanks to its varied palette of sounds and personality-filled mix. Between the multi-layered vocal elements, chunky synth-bass hooks, groove-soaked percussive elements, elegant string moments, and Latin-esque guitar progressions, you're never short absorbing sounds and ideas, ensuring listeners are treated to a wholly rewarding experience that bears both great style and heaps of creativity.

"Elevator" is a distinct piece of electronica-infused pop and I'm sure lovers of the genre will find it to be a wildly entertaining listening experience.

Andre Avanessian is a freelance session guitarist, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording.

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I'll Remember You And I - Review by Andre Avanessian

Composed by C and J of Caramel Jam and written by Célia Ramos, who is also on vocal duties, the wonderfully dreamlike ballad "I'll Remember You and I" is a beautifully arranged and texturally encapsulating piece of songwriting that offers listeners a delicate blend of expansive sonic qualities, thoroughly intoxicating performances, and lushly crafted timbral layers, and whether it's the warm embrace of the synth pads, the soft touch of the piano, or tender vocal performance at its heart, "I'll Remember You and I" is very much the type of song that's best experienced with one's eyes closed and all thoughts cleared, only then will you be able to fully appreciate the tracks heartfelt message and undeniably soothing qualities.


Firstly, what a vocal performance, both deeply gracious and possessing a superb sense of poise, the performance by Célia is excellent and manages to really draw listeners in with its intriguing and distinct tonal characteristics and superb dynamic control. The theme that serves as the song's main source of inspiration is certainly a heartfelt one and requires that special type of vocal performance in order to able to really capture the sense of emotionality and deep sensitivity that's gently weaving its way throughout each delicately conveyed lyrical phrase, and the song certainly has this in Célia. I appreciate that the track focuses more on aspects such as melody, texture, and feel without the need for percussion, I believe the decision not to incorporate percussive elements actually works in the track's favor, allowing the song to confidently lean into its more ethereal like qualities and grander feeling of sonic openness. Percussion can sometimes create a more enclosed feeling with regard to how the music flows and by keeping a focus on expansive synth sounds and longer free-flowing melodic phrases, the music feels even more ambitious and involving.

Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording. 

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Subway - Review by Zachary Larson

For those looking for something fresh, colorful, and experiential, Caramel Jam has provided the stellar new song Subway. Opening with the sounds of an approaching train, Subway is a multi-sensory experience fueled with modern Pop touches and stunning creativity. The lyrics chase after the monotonous yet chaotic pursuit of riding the Subway. They are given a captivating vocal performance that leans on breathiness while still being terrifically melodic. With tasteful nuance, Subway brushes up against several new textures and styles. Jazzy moments color the Pop backdrop, and the repetitive drum groove throws the listener into a trancelike state. Much like riding subway, the tune seems to carry the listener on its back and drops them off far away from where they started. Overall, Subway is a captivating and artistically pleasing new Pop tune that sets Caramel Jam aside as one of today's most promising new artists.

The production and mix in Subway is terrific. Each instrument and sound is balanced well and has its own place. While there are many elements at play, each one seems to be working toward the same goal and nothing steps out of line. This was a transformative listen that was easy to melt into. Caramel Jam has placed a lot of thought and care into every element of this new tune, and it has completely paid off.
Fans of modern Pop will definitely enjoy Subway by Caramel Jam.

Zachary Larson is a professional guitarist in New York City. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured the world as a classical chamber musician, onboard cruise lines, and with several Broadway musicals. His recorded work spans across Classical, Pop, and Experimental music. His arrangements are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver. 

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Supermanity - Review by Steven Azami

"Supermanity" is a bold and exciting new release from the European duo Caramel Jam. This track features a highly sophisticated and incredibly captivating nu jazz arrangement that blends organic warmth with fascinating electronic elements, giving it a thoroughly modern sound that's highlighted by the extremely talented vocalist Célia Ramos' soulful and dynamic performance. Fiery rhythms and soaring melodies are the hallmarks of "Supermanity", as it takes a sardonic look inside the mind of a narcissist, sarcastically tearing down his ego with lyrical wit and aplomb. Contemporary jazz enthusiasts and pop music fans alike should find a lot to love about Caramel Jam's "Supermanity", thanks to its exquisite composition and production, as well as its cutting and satirical lyrics.

Outstanding production, excellent mix. Great tonal balance. Superb composition and arrangement, very engaging on multiple levels. Exciting rhythm section, incredible melodic and harmonic sense. Really nice combination of live sounds and electronics. Tremendous vocal performance, further bolstered by compelling backing vocals. Thoughtful and intelligent lyrical content, that at first listen seems optimistically benign, then unfolds into a blistering social commentary on the nature of narcissism that's gripped our global collective consciousness, before finally returning to a more hopeful tone in the final verse. An absolutely brilliant song, and an equally brilliant finished track. Phenomenal job, all around. It was truly an honor to have had the opportunity to review this stellar piece of work.

Steven Azami is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Both as a touring/session player and as a producer, his career has spanned nearly every genre, from bluegrass to jazz, from rock to reggae. In addition, his work as a music educator has allowed him to cultivate and foster talent among the next generation of musical explorers

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