Jura Soundsystem

Monster Skies

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Record Label
Temples Of Jura

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Since its inception in 2016, Isle Of Jura has joined the elite ranks of Music From Memory, Stroom, Growing Bin and Left Ear, treating us to a string of essential reissues as well as the finest in original Balearic, ambient and bedroom boogie productions. After killer reissues of Escape From New York, Holy Ghost Inc., Q and Brian Bennett and the ace "Transmission One" compilation of rarities & edits, Kevin Griffiths launched the Temples of Jura sub-label with a split 12" of original music from Len Leise and himself. Now the label head returns to his Jura Soundsystem moniker to give us an extended EP / mini album of Balearic beat, dreamy dub, future primitive funk and medicated boogie. 
Griffiths opens the set with the percolating bassline, naunced percussion and mythic vocal of "Carafe Denim", a hypnotic bit of proto house which I imagine plays nicely next to the aforementioned Holy Ghost Inc. Next up, "Mamma Capes" grooves top down along the coast road, all synth mallet circles, bongo laced percussion and headband guitar riffs #WellBalearic.
After the spirit lifting palate cleanse of ambient interlude "Monster Skies", we skip to the B-side, soaking up the squelching bass, well tempered synth lines and e-funk flavours of "Boogie Tune", a future facing hit of retro...boogie in tune with the recent sound of Naples. I can't get enough of the shaker-laced drum-box shuffle of "Parrot Rhythmic Space Jam", a slow rolling bomb with rubbery bass, spaced out electronics and a hint of the tropics which reminds me of those early Andras Fox productions. Harnessing the finest ingredients of 80s esoterics, "The Lantern Story" brings the curtain down with a swell of muted trumpet, acoustic guitar and immersive delay - an audio massage for modern life.


A1. Carafe Denim
A2. Mamma Capes
A3. Monster Skies
B1. Boogie Tune
B2. Parrot Rhythmic Space Jam
B3. The Lantern Story

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