Night Slugs have unearthed a real gem in Jam City, who delivers on the immense promise of his first few 12″s with what has to be be one of the most creative debut LPs in recent years. Drawing on the full 40+ years of electronic music history, he somehow manages to perfectly marry vintage flourishes with bleeding-edge stylings, crafting an album that sounds equal parts familiar and utterly unhinged.
The best way to describe Classical Curves is probably as a house LP, but one hyper-aware of current trends that incorporates features from just about every vogue scene at the moment, with Chicago juke, UK bass, and New York ballroom all represented. How We Relate To The Body features jarring laserbeam synths contrasting with sumptuous keys, delicious pads and a gut-thumping kick drum. Hyatt Park Nights Pt. 1 gallops along with all manner of industrial hammering before Strawberries swaggers in with effortless cool, islands of keys and finger-snaps punctuating the surface of an otherwise mirror-smooth lake of rolling bass. These are tracks for the discerning party-goer, built by a musician with his finger firmly on the pulse of underground dance music in 2012. They go hard, sure, but they also go smart, and it’s for that reason that Classical Curves really shines.