Piff Records pulls a petal from it’s 004 with Subjoi, recruiting Adam Emil- who featured on the track Paradise back in September - and Slim Hustla who go twos on the new EP, “Travellers”.
Emil’s side features A1’s “Genuine”, driven by auto-tuned contemporary style vocals that ice all over the melancholy synth work, giving way to “Hovedspring” which presents itself as liquid drum and bass at house tempo - intricate drum programming and trance palet of ambient sounds, well padded throughout.
Slim Hustla takes over the B side, complimenting the ethereal sounds of Emil, first with “Newfound Love” - no less than a synth work out - dripping with arpeggiated notes that open up to their fullest, bouncing between stabs and waves of atmosphere electronics. “We Forget that the Water Cycle and the Life Cycle Are One” takes the beat format of electro, mobilized by acoustic drum sounds, setting the listener up for a full-blown acid hardcore breakbeat closer on “Midnight in Copenhagen”.
a1. Adam Emil - Genuine
a2. Adam Emil - Hovedspring
b1. Slim Hustla - Newfound Love
b2. Slim Hustla - We Forget that the Water Cycle and the Life Cycle Are One
For its 4th release, Piff Records recruits from as far afield as possible, tapping Adelaide-based Subjoi who adds to his already diverse and sought-after discography. He presents a set of tracks that are somewhat of a departure from previous releases, employing a UK Garage sound all the way from Australia.
A1’s “Give It To Me” uses side-chained pads to form a perfect loop while melodic wooden block sounds dance around. Assisted by Adam Emil on percussion, “Paradise” whips up the notch on the UKG vibe before giving way to the record’s B side.
The EP’s title track, “Swerve” sits nicely above the most subdued sounds of the record. It’s an ethereal cut with barely-there vocals, the kind that’s saved for the very early hours; first light coming through to a gently swaying dancefloor. “Tears” – it seems of joy, not sadness - dips in and out of halftime, with breathy jazz instrumentation, similar to “Swerve” as an early hours selection but here, as the uplifting closer.