B-Ju – Prozac People (Error Broadcast)



Hamburg-based electronic producer B-Ju provided Error Broadcast with their first vinyl release back in 2010 with his ‘Dog Day’ EP, and two years on this latest seven track 12” EP ‘Prozac People’ offers up four new tracks alongside a trio of remixes. In many senses it’s the hyper-detailed day-glo leftfield hiphop aesthetic forged by the likes of Rustie and Hudson Mohawke that B-Ju’s synth-heavy tracks most evoke. ‘Mia Got A New Haircut’s sends bright pulses of arpeggiated synths and fragments of female vocal samples racing against a juddering backdrop of boom-bap beats and airy soul pads, while ‘Vector Love’ drops the pace down a few notches for a smooth wander through rnb-centred bass synths and clattering percussion that bends manipulated male soul vocal grabs all over the place against crunked-out handclaps and glassy-sounding analogue electronics.

Elsewhere, ‘Gobble Gobble’ offers up what’s easily this EP’s most upbeat moment, sending footwork-inspired snare rattles and cut-up vocal samples riding atop the sort of rave synthline you’d expect from The Prodigy circa ‘Experience’ shortly before batucada style percussion locks into place against the smeared g-funk synths. The additional remixes here prove no less impressive, with Monolithium remodeling ‘Mia Got A New Haircut’s into juddering fidget-house rhythms that come packed to the brim with twinkling electro-soul synths, while 813 turns ‘Gobble Gobble’ into a veritable orgy of pitch-shifted vocal tones, rattling electro snares and technicolor RNB synth swells. Limited to a run of 300 12” vinyl copies, with a download version also available.

Chris Downton


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