Junto Club are a group operating within the milieu of electronic dance music (here we are with a 12” on Optimo Records after all), but they are a four piece, and work with at least some ‘real instruments’, live style. These four numbers move in a slinky way, firmly compelling to all and not quite like much else.
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- Junto Club EP by Junto Club
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 11 June 2015
Junto Club are a quartet of Glaswegian electronic assemblers who enjoy a good drum machine with their guitar dance band. This looks like their first record, a 4-track EP out on Optimo full of groovy music, some intent on getting you moving and others for the chillout times, complete with Phil’s face on the cover. Clint’s got an eye for Phil’s face you see.
Opener ‘Leaving Forever’ greets you with an upbeat drum loop and some baritone wailed post-punk-esque vocal work, answered by a distant woman’s voice saying she’s gonna leave. He’s too busy shouting about how primal he is to notice, poor lass. Gurls n boyz r silly. Things wind down a bit at A2, it’s like a dream-pop Joy Division. I know nothing about bands.
There’s a great track at the start of the B side that seems to be a chill house thing that’s probably their summer anthem but features some nice ebbing and flowing over its lengthy duration. Real triumphant shit, kind of like that Doomsquad thing we got in recently. So yeah, this is good stuff, not a huge fan of the vocals myself, but I can see a lot of people getting down to this. We’ll see what an album looks like.
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