Fresh off their recent single on Avotre, the California duo of Yooj and Steve Huerta return in fine form, this time with their Retrofit debut. The pair’s creative partnership began back during their final year of university where they discovered a shared affinity for a sound quite divergent from the preferences of their ‘EDM’ addled peers.
“Take Your Time” opens the EP with myriad distinct influences. Thick progressing stabs, stuttering bass, and a plaintiff female voice make this a perfect peaktime track for the summer. “Love Me Right” goes for a more heads down, late night approach with a deep rhodes line, guitar licks popping in and out, and a thick, chugging groove that rarely relents.
Best known for their work on labels like 2020vision and Exploited, the Amsterdam duo Homework lend their expert ears to the title track, spreading the original’s chords out far and wide, surrounding it with several new melodic elements and a jacking Chicago groove - a combination that will find itself in many a set over the following months. To round things off, “I Said” alternates boisterous upbeat moments alongside a moody, insistent groove.
Published: 15th August 2013