Review: Paradise syndrome is a condition where someone who's fulfilled their dreams still not feeling satisfied. Perhaps these unfortunate dream-fulfillers are missing this EP from their lives? An effortlessly energetic, genre-melting swing and bass sesh from Leeds collective Jenova Collective, it's got more satisfaction than the entire Jagger franchise. Opening track "Paradise Syndrome" flips the jungle switch with new levels of production rawness than they've ever shown before. "Mobius" digs us deep down into slick and sludgy bass house territory. "Sugar Rush" gets all skippy on a two-step flex with some canny nods to man like Sticky. "Orbital" signs us out on a bumping jacking filtered house. Tearing up the rules in all directions, this is some next level swing business right here. Paradise found.
Review: Emerging seven-piece electro-swing outfit the Jenova Collective make their debut on Ragtime. Weighing in at a cool five tracks, it's a pretty extensive debut that showcases the band at their broadest and, indeed, funkiest. Highlights include the balance of happy-slapping riddim jacking and arpeggiated dreaminess on "Champagne Machine", the tight vocal loop and trouser-tearing bass tears on "It Ain't Right" and the raw euphoria of the vocal-led, synth-heavy "Digital Fandango". Well worth checking.