something seems to have happened at d’julz bass culture imprint recently: though still firmly focussed on the ‘floor in a deep and dubby kind of way, the label has managed to move away from the somewhat faceless, featureless grooves it has pushed in the past. now you’ll find names like joel alter, dj qu and, here, jus ed popping up with a distinctly classier aesthetic. the originals on this ep, though, are just as noticeable, and come from 24-year-old andrade, already with credits on dessous to his name, plus his own label street knowledge.
‘die nacht’ barely contains a sense of melodic epic-ness, where trilling, glassy, knife-edge sounds rise up and up through the mix without ever levitating it fully. instead, chugging kicks and scattered claps keep things firmly rooted in the underground. ‘der tag’ is a much more airy affair; happy even. tight little clap and hi hat combos form the main detail as smeared synth spirals open the track out into a more spacious affair. jazzed up chords and trumpets (i think) keep spirits high throughout, dancing like fireflies in a night sky and all at a quickened, snappy pace. somehow it sounds both exact and machine made yet liquid and loose at the same time. in original form, ‘moscow revenge’ skisp and skirts around a dub techno bottom end, various snatched percussive hits cut through at random intervals and your mind surreptitiously becomes focussed on the slowly unravelling melody buried deep within. again there’s a kinetic dynamism married to uninterrupted groove that really appeals.
and so to underground quality boss jus-ed and his remix of ‘moscow revenge’. it’s typically stripped and hypnotic, working in elongated, watery synth lines as tinny, jupiter sounding melodies leave a morse code style pattern all across the face of the arrangement. the rubbery kicks which kick, then drop out, then drop back in again are key to channelling the groove, all the while with the american’s typically steely, metallic sonic palette conjuring inmages of some cleaned, optimistic yet post apocalyptic city ‘scape.