Remember your first School Dance? If it was anything like mine, it was a crazy balance between adolescent self-loathing and a hazy alcoholic swagger. That’s exactly what Jay Daniel captures in his new EP, with disorienting decorations circling distantly around sturdy beats that do not care for subtlety.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 June 2015
This is the first release on Jay Daniel’s new imprint Watsui High, and to keep with the whole theme of educational establishments he has chosen to reminisce about his school dance, or provide the soundtrack to decades of awkward youngsters. Imagine if a house 12” became part of the world’s folk canon! Oh wait, ‘Macarena’.
The A side is sunnier than most school dances, featuring sizzling lead synths and a solid beat that’s stuck between house and techno, but not in the same way as the Euro tech-house crowd. The bassline is nice and groovy, but as a whole it’s nothing remarkable and a bit too safe.
The B side is funkier than most school dances, with variations bubbling uncontrollably from the main groove, yet as a whole sounds quite thin, the samples intentionally starved of their character like a really crappy speaker. The kind of PA speaker that you’d find at a school dance, in fact. It’s alright though, this one is supposed to be chill, the organlike chords rippling and pretty. Actually an improvement upon the A rather than a supplement.
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