Summer is in full swing, and we are back with another EP from our beast from the east, Juni Staub. Juni brings 4 originals to the table that are a collection of modern grooves with vintage aesthetics. Along for the ride we have MYR from the UK, long time contributor and label friend Chlorophyll and the legend simply known as Garden Party.
Juni's EP opens with a track that has been featured on Plus Plus once before. Downtown Lullabies still feels fresh today with a subby bassline that saunters along with the kick while a buttery smooth synth plays over top. Crisp percussions fill out the groove as the track moves forward, reluctant to change and give up the pace it has established. Still a fan favorite all this time later that always delivers the goods.
Liquid Corners takes it a step farther with a grinding bassline that pushes and moves while hats overhead are front and center. Sustained strings slumber underneath, building the tension as the track moves forward before falling to the way side and allowing the chords to punctuate the arrangement. Perfect track for maintaining the vibes without pushing the dance floor too much.
Melting Bridges is the perfect dance floor sleeper with drum grooves that hearken back to vintage Chicago tracks and an organ line that evokes memories of Detroit's history. No fancy tricks or FX on this one, just a smart arrangement and a slick drum groove to build up a set on the dance floor without falling into tired tropes and cliches.
Claptrap has Juni showing off his more subdued, dub inspired influences with a beats that drags and a raw bassline that feels it's on the edge of losing itself. Long sweeps and slow attacks add to the dub vibes while the crisp percussion offers a counter balance to the dreamy synths. This one is for all the 'B-Side' fans out there.
Our studio savant from the UK is up first with his interpretation of Downtown Lullabies. MYR takes the buttery chords from the original and builds on it with his signature drums featuring trip hop inspired percussion grooves along with awarm bassline that sits just below the surface. MYR's remix maintains the spirit of the original while giving it a new facelift for the more dance floor focused DJ.
Label friend and long time contributor Chlorophyll takes Claptrap and gives it a complete makeover head to toe. Chlorophyll's signature drum programing is on full display with precise hats over head and tight drums underneath with an added wrinkle in the form of a rolling ethnic percussion line driving the groove. An arpeggio line makes itself known early and doesn't let it go, building and bubbling underneath. Chlorophyll walks the fine line between providing melodies that don't betray his underground heritage.
Finishing off the EP is the man, the myth, the legend simply known as Garden Party. His Savanah Heat remix of Liquid Corners is a master class in melding aspects from different styles and genres while still being coherent and maintaining it's own identity. With the tight, punchy low-end of modern tech house driving the track while a bubbly, sequenced leads sits over top that gives a nod to the explosion of analog fueled deep house, Garden Party turns Liquid Corners into a sublime late night dance floor monster that should find it's way into a large range of DJ's record boxes.