Since its debut in 2011, Jaymo & Andy George’s very own imprint, Moda Black has been gaining worldwide recognition. Their firmly held belief in the notion to advocate fresh and forward- thinking music has seen them unearth some of dance music’s hottest property such as: Hot Since 82, Disclosure and Plezier.
Huge shout outs to the artists and creative designers involved with forging the Moda Black brand; every piece of released material has been nothing short of excellent.
Right, onto this EP. Lead track, Tales From The Basement features J&AG’s: eminent hip-hop samples, loose snares, eerie, unnerving hats and a propulsive bass that coalesces to produce the kind of track you’d use to get the crowd off their feet, or to take an already mobile crowd to the next level. That being said, only the first half of the track really worth shouting about. The second half screams lazy production; being a huge fan of the duo myself, one of the first tracks that I heard by them, Hump & Grind, hooked me in with a distinctive change in tone and atmosphere throughout the track. I really wished they worked on this one a little bit more.
Second track of the EP, Henry’s Treat, is full of flavour. Leaning towards the 80’s disco sound; it’s a realm that hasn’t really been explored by the duo. A more subtle sound than the lead track, they’ve incorporated wistful strings and their famous spoken-word samples with the flair and audacity to bring a refined disco sound to the 21st century.
Jaymo on Henry’s Treat – ‘‘This wasn’t about nostalgia or trying to recreate something old, more about recognizing why we like certain sounds. Labels like Henry Street programmed our brains when we were kids, buying records and learning to mix. That’s why we’re still suckers for a good disco loop and probably why this track turned out how it did’.