After five years of party tomfoolery on Fool's Gold, Toronto duo JOTS level up with long awaited debut album, and it's a bit special. A joint release between New Kanada and Throne Of Blood, this expansive set shows the duo at their deepest, silkiest and most daring as we leap from vibe to vibe with emotive and perfectly executed consistency. The dreamy progressive pumps and euphoric charms of "Channels For Success", the innocent '80s synths of "This Is Newbeat", the mischievous uptempo video game drama of "Hunk Of Punk"... JOTS have gone in deep and invested technically, emotionally and creatively on this debut album. This isn't the end, it's the beginning of a whole new chapter. Stunning.
Big booty business: Actual Sounds cherry picks 20 favourites from 2014's audio assault with party-priming results. A great opportunity to fill the gaps in your collection; highlights hang mischievously from every corner like groove Gremlins from Altered Grooves' monster-mashing "Muppet Funk" to Big Bang Breaks hip-hop homage "Regulate The Dogg" to Actual Phantom's essential montage soundtrack "Fly Tiger". From Rocky to straight-up block rocking, this is testament to Actual Sounds' dedication to edit craft.