After hitting us with a superb part one of their 7 year birthday compilation Just Move Records have quickly followed up with the second half. Featuring another 8 original records the latter edition of the release unleashes more of the local underground talent you’ve come to expect from the label.
Da Brownie receives the honour of being the sole producer featured on both parts, initially contributing a collab with longtime partner Deep Aztec and here putting forth another dancefloor driven number titled Letting Go. Many a Just Move alumni make welcome appearances, such as Sabastian Mugg’s beautiful Light Of Humility and Rick Koen (AKA MfanO Da_R-Deep) with his first tune under the new alias: the soul searching Off & On. Eddvin also makes an appreciated return to the label with the ghostly Shock Therapy.
Some of the new additions include the buzzing producers FKA Mash and Vicmari, who both add a varied flavour to the drop. Mash’s Clockwork contains that signature FKA sound but is light and playful, where Vicmari heads straight to his spaceship for the spacey, galactic sounding L’mora.
It’s Pretoria based artist Ashish Joshi who makes the biggest left turn on the tracklist. His Wendy Oldfield featuring opening track Comin Home is a gradual, bass heavy number that stands out in comparison to the rest of the grooves but does add a shade of diversity to the overall sound. Phunky Punk’s ambient, robotic sonic adventure Error is another notably alluring, slightly experimental sounding tune.
Looking back over the names included in the total compilation’s 16 tracks it’s clear as ever that the JMR crew have got their fingers firmly placed on the pulse of burgeoning South African talent. While there have been admitted tough times on their musical journey its heartening to see that the team continues to push on, best embodied in their own words: “This music thing, it’s a life thing – We survived the seven-year Itch”
Editor’s Favourite: Eddvin – Shock Therapy / Sabastian Mugg – Light Of Humility