by James Conway
The good people at Invader Records are all about hosting memorable club nights wherever the cool kids hang out, and they’re not averse to putting out some seriously juicy records so the listener can keep the party going long after kicking out time. The new EP from London, Manchester duo Jacksun Fear is one such release.
‘Peoples’ begins with a funky marching drumbeat overlaid with some quavering synth swells that play with the listener’s perceptions, with the dual vocals alternating between muted spoken word and the soaring tones of guest singer Eli Cripps. The vaguely baroque keyboard thrusts play the track out before we begin ascending ‘Foothills’ which maintains the inquisitive manner, albeit with a more hurried pace as some intelligent rapping exhorts those on the dancefloor to start throwing shapes.
Ben Pearce of the rapidly rising Purp and Soul label drops by on remixing duties, with ‘End of Days’ imbuing ‘Peoples’ with a murky atmosphere tailor made for clubs where lights is used sparingly. His ‘Uh Huh’ version lightens the mood, playing with funky trance and voice samples to keep you guessing (and dancing) for the duration.
Thinking a little more outside the box then other labels, Invader Records have bagged a good un’ in Jacksun Fear. Due for release on October 29th, this is a fine showcase for their impressive roster.