San Francisco's prolific JP Soul has amassed a quality-consistent catalog of compelling cuts, drawing equally upon his affinity for underground deep house, psychedelic disco, and analog acid. He's been broadcasting these mainly through his acclaimed Roam Recordings imprint, a long-standing label whose first release (his own) came out 15 years ago. The tradition continues with JP's latest, the three track Gone is the Time EP. It opens with the title track which is one of JP Soul's more uptempo tracks. It features a pulsating bass pattern under a series of blasting synth effects and retro-style vocal phrases. The steady drum beats and dramatic chord rises aim this one squarely towards the boogie zone. "Work the Kinks" then captivates with its acidic bass line and ominous pad-scapes, never compromising the heavy helping of electro-funk that is the track's foundation. The EP is rounded out by "Morning Shivers", embracing JP's love of lowered tempos and dreamy, melodic phrases. The interplay of the bass and the layers of keys creates a warm, full sound that will create dance floor delight when played in the early morning hours.
Sleazy McQueen - "Hypnotic and evocative."
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - "I love JP! This is so good."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Yes … slow and nice."
Galen (Sunset Sound System) - "'Work The Kinks' is the one for me. I love the squirrelly groove."
Coyote (... Is It Balearic? / International Feel) - "'Morning Shivers' is cool."
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "Another absolute belter from Roam Recordings. All three are glorious, but 'Gone is the Time' made me want to get up and strut around in a kind of robotic, jittery fashion."
Norman Weber (Luna City Express / Moon Harbour) - "Cool EP … I'll play 'Work the Kinks'."
Chris Massey (Paper Recordings) - "Nice rumbling, chugging disco house vibes!"
Tee Cardaci (Low Down Grooves / Sine Qua Non) - "JP is on fire! I'm particularly digging 'Work The Kinks'. Top shelf, synth heavy grooves."
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - "Strong package. JP Soul is follows a path around the acid house era but with one leg on synth-laden cosmic waves."