, - on 23/9/10
Holy Love EP
DJ Koze and Marcus Fink's Pampa imprint has been riding the lightning of a quiet storm over it's inaugural year; choosing to follow the road less-travelled by most young labels in this new digital age; and opting to favour the 'quality over quantity' motif that many tried-and-since-failed labels have sadly long forgotten.
For Pampa's fourth excursion, Koze and Fink give a gracious nod to a Mr. Axel Boman, a name that's indubitably on the brink of becoming familiarized to both industry heads and DJ's alike. His new, stunning 3-track Holy Love EP gives heavy nods not only to Chicago, but to Detroit, Berlin, and even New Orleans (for good measure, of course). The title track, Holy Love - a collaboration with vocalist J. Jonason conveys it's enchanting message with it's sparkling pads and the subtle touch of a lightly-keyed piano hook that weaves it's way in an out of Jonason's soulful vocals.
On the B-side, we find the cut that's likely to be favoured most by DJ's and party goers in Purple Drank; a sweaty, sleazy house workout that evokes visions of sex, romance and deceit. The repetitive vocal hook that exclaims 'I woke up with your name on my lips', is not only instantly effective (in terms of grabbing the listener's attention), but downright brilliant in every sense of the word. The provocative chant invites listener, DJ and dancer alike to cast their own judgement on it's true meaning. Aside from it's vocals, Purple Drank is as timeless as it is modern, as modern as it is retro - put simply, this is a song that's likely to be heard for years to come.
As if we haven't been given enough yet, Boman continues his generosity by capping the EP off with Not So Much, a tasty nugget that confirms Holy Love's incredible strength as an EP. A fun and adventurous journey into Boman's brilliant musical mind, Not So Much instils in us the idea that a simple, well-thought-out hook is all one needs to start with to write a brilliant song. And that's the difference between Holy Love and the countless other EP's that you'll listen to this month: Axel Boman is not writing tracks, he's writing bona fide songs. And he's writing damn good songs, at that. If this EP is any indication of his musical and studio prowess, Axel Boman is a name we're going to be hearing for many years to come.
Tracklist: Axel Boman - Holy Love EP
1 Holy Love
2 Purple Drank
3 Not So Much
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