PAUL SAWYER FT LOKKA – BROKEN SPACE (ELECTROJUICE) (11/09)
Even in an age where music is released so frequently, few labels release with the same sort of prolific consistency as Paul Sawyer’s EJ Underground, a label that – despite only being established in mid 2013 – has already racked up over 30 releases. The slow and steady approach, therefore, evidently isn’t one that appeals to the brains behind the imprint – and it’s one that’s reflected in the heady melding of sounds that Sawyer introduces to on his latest, the skipping, tough-to-pigeonhole sounds of ”Broken Space”.
A collaboration with South African vocalist Lokka, this one is the epitome of a marmite record. On the one hand, there’s the ghostly lyrics that align themselves towards the trance camp, while on the other hand, a raft of acid squelches and a steady 4/4 beat drag it kicking and screaming towards contemporary house planes. Either way, it’s sure to make quite a marked impact wherever it’s unleashed, and thanks to its eclectic characteristics, it might yet spring a surprise or two in unlikely aread. Production wise, it’s difficult to find fault with as it’s all wrapped up with a certain multilayered zeal. This might be the first time I’ve encountered EJ Underground – but I’m already awaiting the label’s next move with curious suspense.