Sun People & Yorobi - "Dark Days" - (4:55) 107 BPM
Transitions - (5:41) 107 BPM
To Give - (4:16) 53 BPM
Main Squeeze - (4:17) 107 BPM
Rich Man Poor Man - (6:38) 80 BPM
Spirits - (4:19) 107 BPM
Review: Kicking up some new, dusty and frenetic sounds for Exit Records is the emergent Sun People, a solo project known for stand out releases before this on labels like Modern Ruin, Disko404 and Hyperboloid (thanks to a rare 2015 long player). Concentrating here once again on the EP format, Sun People conjures up a mixology of uptempo and hybrid fusions, be it the juke and drum and bass induced "Rich Man Poor Man" to the fluttering percussion and subbed-out basslines of "Spirits". Deeper, stuttering footwork sounds make it into "To Give" (an EP highlight) with some edgier, topped-out drums keeping it levelled in "Main Squeeze". Rain dancing with Sun People.
Review: Honing in on, most specifically, a sound associated with a "160bpm" tempo, Through These Eyes for some five years now have pushed at the outer limits of footwork, jungle and half-step. This Omega release presents the label with its first compilation taking in tracks from more established acts like Sun People, Champion Sound and Digid to a cast of fresher faces like POLO LILLI, GPS Tony or Bassrael. Find some off the hook percussion in Yoofee's "Arrival" to the tearout bass and mechanical glitch sounds of ILL_K's "Persecution". Our tip: "Resilience (feat T-Man)" by Noh Vae.
Review: Rua Sound have seemingly landed a gem of as EP here as they invite Sun People in to deliver a four track EP, drawing inspiration from across the full breadth of electronic dance music. We begin with the smooth jungle drum influences and colourful synths of 'Give It Up'. We then land into a more tribal-sound arrangement as 'Tackle It' combines high energy percussive rolls and scattered melodies to bring a dash of energy to the dance, before the title track 'These Days' rolls out more heavyweight sub tones and high-ended jungle breaks. We finish up with the clicky drum chomps and stunning soundscaping of 'Black Sphere', adding a nice contrast to see out the tracklisitng.
Review: Sun People is the project of Simon/off from Graz in Austria, making his debut for London based Modern Ruin. He's had well-received releases on the likes of Through These Eyes, Alphacut and Goodstreet Records. Kicking things off on the Serenity EP is the mad stepper "Live It Up" which is liquid drum 'n' bass reminiscent of early legends like Calibre or Carlito & Addiction. There's some 160bpm deep dubstep styles of the most contorted kind on the paranoid "Cry", while the sensual and evocative half-time antics of the title track call to mind the grey area experiments of Instra:mental - circa 2010 when Autonomic was all the rage. Fantastic.
Review: Austria is not your typical birthing ground for footwork and juke music, but Sun People has dedicated himself to becoming his nation's number one producer in that domain. By the sound of his recent appearances, he's well on his way to achieving this, and this new EP for Good Street is a master in charm. "Paradise Life" is a truly refreshing take on the genre, and the same goes for "There Is Always A Place", and its pseudo jungle approach. "The One For Me" has a relatively straighter percussive flex, but it nonetheless manages to convey the artist's freedom of expression when it comes to making juke music. Recommended.
Review: Simon/Off, better known as Sun People is based in Graz, Austria and runs a radio show on disko404 radio / Sub.fm. There's some smooth and chilled out bass therapy in the form of "Flowers", which is well indebted to UK and US influences alike. Parisian Moresounds gets on board for even more low-end intensive experience with his remix of the said track. This guy's one to watch!