HIGH JET’s debut EP is a concept release built around their two steadfastly creative tracks, ‘the chase’ and ‘slenderman’. Despite contrasting in genres and moods, they are coherent in design within the context of the release, which was put together similarly to a two film feature: a retrofuture 80s French cop movie and a dark, clever, contemporary horror film. Both tracks come with an addictive novelty value, possibly due to the sense of humor the Bucharest-based duo display through their musical and visual approach.
‘the chase’ is a lax car chase soundtrack with a vivid lead synth hinting at knockabout electronic pop, French electro-house and carefree nightdrives through Vice City. The track is somewhere between wailing and refreshing thanks to its nostalgic hook and alert chord changes.
Second in line is ViLLAGE’s first take on ‘the chase’, a parade of a track that marries the ear-catching fanfare with a sugary pinch of R&B, some hybridized footwork and ensnaring harmonic repetitions. ViLLAGE’s playful pop tinges, colorful synth samples, loose progession and contained drop from his first remix of ‘the chase’ also jut out into the bouncy, melodic house version of the track.
The mood immediately shifts from the washed-out, summery vignette to a much darker place with 3 levels of rawness that the listener has to tread through carefully, making use only of a glowstick with infinite light but a very short range. The relentless and hammering ‘slenderman’ with its maddening percussion, laughter and chants (one of them being the Romanian word for monster) is to obsess over for days, while its two remixes range from ARME’s sweltering UK garage bass to Kalli’s stomping warehouse techno, all three of them dancefloor hit material.
The chord-driven, modern take on an 80s film score alongside their fun nod to the first great myth of the web - the unsettling Slenderman - are sure to indulge a savvy, reference-loving audience. The EP comes with a DIY alt-humor video that has to do with cars, synesthetic flashbacks, absurdism and the 1980s.
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