Review: Having not released any music for two years, Jakub Fidos AKA Subjoi recently returned to action with his second EP for Shall Not Fade off shoot Lost Palms. This swiftness of this similarly impressive follow-up - this time on Distant Hawaii - suggests that he made great use of his time away. There's something particularly striking about the sheer heaviness of EO opener "Fairfax", a retro-futurist peak-time slammer rich in bombastic UK garage beats, rushing piano stabs and Todd Edwards style cut-up vocal samples, while the deeper (but no less forthright) "Like It Was" is almost as impressive. Elsewhere, "Drownin" is a hazy and picturesque two-step roller, "Shelter Me" doffs a cap to classic, organ-heavy New Jersey garage, and "When You Love Me" is a dreamy, pitched-down gem.
Review: Inaugurating new American imprint 13th Hour Records is Subjoi, an electronic music producer from Adelaide, Australia who has had releases on Heart To Heart and House In Motion. He starts the EP with the sultry, late night deep house of "Make Me", plus the thumping and adrenalised acid jack of "Doin' Fine". Ricky Razu out of Belgium with releases under labels like Slav, Houseum and OOUkfunkyOO is closing the EP by bringing a couple of classic house inspired perspectives here - they are definitely dressed to impress. From the sultry and evocative mood lighting of "Reaching Out" (which is vocal house exactly the way you like it) or the bittersweet deepness of "Moonlight Jam" closing out the EP in delightful fashion.