Big Black Coat by Junior Boys

Junior Boys - Big Black Coat

You stand before a large doorway cloaked in darkness. You brush the dirt away from a sign above the opening, revealing weathered engravings that spell out the words “Time Warp.” You step through the dank, dusty blackness. Your senses are immediately overtaken by a moment of piercing sound and blinding light. When it’s over, your eyes adjust to the new sight of a night club, filled with ebullient patrons. Before you realize, your feet begin to move . . .

Crafting music that sounds “sexy” is a difficult balancing act. The sounds have to drip with sensuality without collapsing into pastiche, but taking oneself too seriously often results in comedic outcomes. Artists are also melding the feet-moving sensibilities of dance music with seductive flavors, now more than ever. Big Black Coat is the newest full-length from Ontario-based duo Junior Boys, two longtime veterans of this style.

These guys are masterful in their approach to building compelling electronic instrumentals — containing elements of funk, house, disco, hip-hop, r&b, techno, and more — that perfectly accentuate the irresistibly sultry voice of singer Jeremy Greenspan. The songs have an irreverent quality that make them indispensably fun to listen to, but they’re also funny, self-aware, and filled with authentic passion.

The fact that this group still sounds this fresh after five records is an astounding feat, and it’s a testament to the duo’s ability to experiment in just the right amount without losing sight of what burns brightest in their songwriting: the uncanny merging of mind, body, and soul into a hip-shaking onslaught of melodically entrancing, rhythmically captivating, “sexy” music. If you’re seeking sensual electronic pop, this album is for you.

– stasi (@stasisphere)

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Big Black Coat by Junior Boys

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