May 3, 2013
This EP from fast rising duo a/jus/ted marks a 40th release for the Under the Shade imprint, which began back in 2009. On point artists like Bonar Bradberry, Chamboche and Mark E have all made up the discography so far with a cultured take on modern disco.
a/jus/ted is the project started by Justin Strauss and Teddy Stuart when they first met in 2012. Between them they have engineered, remixed or produced everyone from Lenny Kraviz to LCD Soundsystem, with support for their work picking up fans like Andrew Weatherall. Since the pair came together they have been writing a cultured brand of synth-laden house and disco leading to this, their debut single. With this release written in Stuart’s studio in the back of a wood shop in Brooklyn, they recall a classic house hey day with celebratory vocals from Jeremy Glenn (written and recorded in Toronto), twinkling melodic progressions and a steppy bassline. It’s as timeless as it is effortless, as crisp as it is captivating, and stuffed with real gear including an Arp Odyssey Synthesizer, Otari MTR-12 Tape Machine, Evolver Desktop Synthesizer, Akai MPC4000, Roland TR-909, Roland MKS-7, Roland RE-201 Space Echo, Korg Polysix!
There’s an instrumental (digi only) for those who’d prefer it without the vocals, plus a remix from Lars Vegas, one half of hot house duo Detroit Swindle aka Lars Dales. His remix kicks that bit harder, almost roaming into techno territory with its sense of purpose and taut synth stabs.
Finally, the original artists remix themselves, seeing the potential in the first draft for a more jacking, paranoid version. This one is laced up with alien FX, rattling hits and a naughty late night freakiness. Another sure fire winner from both Under the Shade and a/jus/ted.
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