Junction White JCTW002 EP
TBR: 18th September
Three short years ago, Junction Records opened its gates for the first time. Now with an established party culture in the heart of Amsterdam and four releases, we have been itching to get our ears into something new. Merging the positive elements of house and techno to bring on a fully rounded sound dynamic, this fresh and relevant music label are ready for their next major issue. This time it's the label head, Cool Tiger, who gets to be the main artist. Offering two originals, the EP is complimented with two extra remixes from other movers in the dance-field. Those of you who have been to Radion or OT301 in the Dutch capital will no-doubt be already acquainted with the psychedelic and cutting edge feels from Cool Tiger and crew.
Track one is called Right Now. It starts with a high energy squelchy rhythm that builds with multi-layered oddness. A persistent tempo crafts its way forward as hats chant alongside the rhythmic sounds. Reverb sheds the skin of the intro which gives way for a heavy kick ingrained with dirt and sonic fuzz. Seasick cymbals surge from port to starboard and this unveils a sleek dancing pulse. Then, heavy drumming full of static distortion uncurls into the mix. The music breaks down to give a space for a new dimension to the pulsing dance beat. Vocal samples loop introspectively before another barrage of top-notch filthy drumming pushes through. Bass-heavy rhythm surges in, two-tone pulses on the deep-side spill into spacious sounds. Again, another burst of heavy drumming penetrates the mechanical dreamscape, inviting yet more energy into the pot.
Next up, a siren inspired bass-line surges across the ceiling while a quick tapping bass kick thrusts the bottom layer. Garbled sonics which could be vocal or electric guitar begin to chant in a rhythmic slurry of tones. Metallic scratching and hard-nosed drumming in a 1-2 beat just insists we dance. That siren-esque bass crunches on with a wobbly disposition. Drum rolls crash in like insistent knocks on the door, do we let them in? It seems that we have no choice. Come To Me is another frantic dancing track, it's quick and progressive. Strange and unique elements of percussion revolve around familiar drum sounds to bring about a clear and novel sonic universe.
On the flip side, we are treated to two expert remixes of Right Now. The first port of call is with Subjected. A great penetrating rhythm begins alongside a tuneful melody that bobs along on waves of motivational energy. Undergrowth sounds grow and twist behind the forward facing drumbeat and blipping synthesiser. Soon, adjustments in the tone give a new edge to the composition. Shifting synth dials left and right to bring out new dimensions to the sonic output, however subtle, allow for a generous dose of psychedelia. Daniel Ruane is next, with his take on the same skeleton. New flesh fits the bones with abstract and chunky drums that crumble like old wood into neatly measured sections. Vocalised elements give an airy quality while odd dub sounding bass motifs rumble and rage within manic drumming. Lost in a forest of beats and rhythms, this finale track delivers the punch. There's a definitive rhythm behind the chaos, it's one of those tracks that send people crazy in-between the classic floor-fillers.
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