Artist: Gent & Jawns
Release Date: 22nd July 2014
Label: Mad Decent
Gent & Jawns (better known individually as long-time friends, Billy the Gent and Long Jawns) are the American bass duo from Washington DC and Richmond Virginia respectively, who have just dropped their absolutely crushing EP, Faded, late last month. Acting as a follow-up from 2012′s Holler, Faded is a bass-heavy riot in 3 parts, finishing on a thumping remix from Kill The Noise, of the 2012 club-anthem TURN UP. It’s fun, loud and catchier than an STD.
The EP opens with the lauded dance floor filler, Fireball, a tune revelling in it’s repetition. It’s chirpy and rhythmic, easily explaining its club popularity, but manages to maintain some serious bounce, even if the track doesn’t necessarily “go” anywhere until nearly two-thirds of the way through, where it drops back into the familiar rhythm of the main track. The EP moves onto Let ‘Em Know, a track with a far more relaxed, if a little darker, vibe, which boasts a synth-line so reminiscent of old-school video games, I started having flashbacks to Sonic The Hedgehog 2. The track has some pretty nice build-ups, but the drops leave something to be desired, moving straight back into the beats heard throughout the track.
The final song on the EP is the eagerly awaited released of Turn Up, a wobbling bass monster and fan favourite. It’s got some memorable grooves and spends the first half of the track bouncing up and down before leading into a drop-heavy second half. It’s easy to hear why it’s a fan favourite.
All in all, the release is memorable, and the Kill The Noise remix is the perfect way to cap off the release, bending genres to the point of being unrecognisable, turning it into a late-night, hard-dance festival jam. As a whole,Faded is fresh and interesting, making impressive waves and showing just enough variety to keep the attention through to the end. A definite summer blockbuster.
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