A band made up of a Japanese ex-punk singer, Swedish hockey player-turned-guitarist and a British hip-hop fan sounds quite an intriguing prospect, and the fact their EP is on Record Makers makes for even more reason to give it a spin. 'Fire' is a kind of down-tempo late nighter and Kasper Bjorke brings out a darker and more restrained feel in his remix, which is the best of the bunch included here.
PJU have been around for a few years now, had loads of releases on Kitsune and have never put a foot wrong with their output. Each one is a dead cert floor filler and has a hook that reminds you of something that you just can't place, and that's a great trick to know how to use so well. Yet they never really seem to get the recognition they deserve. Let's see if 'Fairlight' can do something to change that.
Rams protege label look set to follow in all the right footsteps of their big brother as the second four piece selection from their Programmed series confirms and Stealth & Altair's contribution to the package ensures the releases end on a feisty climax. Soft strings, subtle, lapping waves and and a soulful vocal lull you into it's chilled liquid vibe, before the track switch entirely by layering an unexpectedly gritty bassline and a steepy beat. Big
"EDM is growing big and spreading fast" according to the PR coming with this. Sadly, shouts of "GO!" over a hackneyed mess-up of vapid synths, big room cheese-tech chart-crossover crescendos and 'see them a mile away' drops on this sorry effort probably reflect the popular face of dance music more than anything else right now. There's no joy in slagging a tune off, but if it's sent out for review an honest opinion is all you can expect.