CSR04, Jad & The – ‘Skates on the S-Bahn’ EP [Centre Source Records]
Centre Source Records continue to fly the flag for local artists with their fourth EP – this time with Berlin-based Jad & The (previously Jad & The Ladybody aka Jad Lee) for his debut appearance on the imprint with Jad & The – Skates on the S-Bahn. No stranger to the world of production, Lee has a number of releases under his belt on labels such as Sonar Kollectiv, Toy Tonics and Retrofit, and more recently Beats of No Nation (his eponymous, well-respected radio show) as Super Fun Bumper Edition, a collaboration with fellow Brisbane export Charles Murdoch. Playing with varied sounds over his career, disco influences and plenty of soul are elements that remain true in his productions.
Love Tool presents a dreamy opening to the EP, with its effervescent piano riff and lush layers of filters and reverberations, which swell and deflate throughout. Bouyant yet gentle, Convertible on the M1 is a sunny, textured groove with digital flutes and claps; softly ascending through to a blissful breakdown.
On the flip side, Underachieving Koala juxtaposes eerie vocal samples with melancholy piano chords, making for a poignant cut on the record. Untzz Twelve Inch mainstayArthur Miles takes the track in a more club-worthy direction on the remix; giving it a healthy dose of drive and glistening keys, all while staying true to the emotive mood of the original.
B1. Jad & The – Underachieving Koala
B2. Jad & The – Underachieving Koala (Arthur Miles Mix)
Release title: Skates on the S-Bahn EP
Label: Centre Source Records
Artist: Jad & The
Release Date: 17 February 2017
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