Thursday, 22 March 2012

EXCLUSIVE! Jesus Pablo - The Story So Far EP

Right then, breaking the rules here cos this isn't out till next week… but as Mr Pablo was kind enough to let me be one of only two people getting sent it (i! Records don't really DO promo), it seemed somewhat daft to sit on it!

TIWWD has been a fan of this young Liverpudlian producer's style of house music for some time now. His is an approach that's respectful to the past, yet sounds as contemporary as anything else around, and that's no easy trick to pull off. Accordingly, it'll come as no surprise when I tell you… I'm loving this.

There are three tracks in a total of five mixes. The Story So Far itself is led by sparkling pianos counterpointed by Detroitian string stabs, and is gorgeously musical even if it never really kicks off, making it best suited for afterhours or sunny afternoon sessions. For club thrills, best head to the Robot Oil Remix, which adds solid, driving 4/4s and some subdued scat vox and Spanish guitars.

Behind The Line is more yer straight-up deep house dancefloor cut – not that there's anything wrong with that! It's warm, funky and a wee bit left coast-ish in its Original form, and also comes accompanied by a Howard Sessions remix that's a tad techier and dubbier. Endless Dream then brings the EP to a close on a suitably, er, dreamy note… one for those comedown sessions for sure.

A strong EP all round, as befits its appearance on such a well-loved classic US label. The boy from Merseyside done good.

Out: Next week

About: If you need me to tell you who i! Records are, then frankly I despair… anyway, here's their website and Facebook page

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