Jokers Of The Scene entered their latest project with the express purpose of creating music that could be perfect for home listening and strobe-lit warehouses alike. The five tracks on J0T5 pulsate through ambient synth excursions, vintage sci-fi soundtracks, and experimental techno, somehow managing to connect the dots along the way.
Released by: Fool's Gold Records
Release/catalogue number: FGR048
Release date: Jan 17, 2012
Are the seven minutes of hypnotic riffs on "Black Mountie" the missing link between prog rock and prog house? Is "Organized Zounds" what moon gravity does to Coldcut and Plastikman records? Was "Killing Jokes II" secretly recorded by Vangelis on a pill bender during the Blade Runner sessions? Whatever you might hear bouncing around its individual elements, J0T5 is no retro exercise or mere collection of references; Booth and Chameleonic have paid loving tribute to their record collections while managing to sound unlike anyone but themselves.
The Jokers Of The Scene one-two punch continues with the release of J0T5 RMXD. It’s a companion piece to last week’s J0T5 EP, and features the sterling remix work of some of electronic music’s finest: Daniel Avery (aka Stopmakingme), Shadow Dancer (BNR), Hrdvsion (Wagon Repair), Savile & Olin, Cosmic Kids (Throne Of Blood), Gingy & Bordello (Turbo) and Babe Rainbow (Warp).
From Hrdvsion’s slow, funky take on “In Order To Trance” to Daniel Avery dropping breakbeat science on “Black Mountie” (already a favorite of Andrew Weatherall and more), this remix EP offers the Jokers’ peers and contemporaries a chance to launch dance satellites of their own into the duo’s enjoyably unique orbit.
Released by: Fool's Gold Records
Release/catalogue number: FGR049
Release date: Jan 24, 2012
Every artist claims to defy categorization. Yet for Jokers Of The Scene, it's not a boast - it's a lifestyle.
For the past few years, Jokers Of The Scene have ranked amongst the brightest, weirdest lights of Canada's dance music renaissance. Between their Fool's Gold originals and their enviably deep remixography, the duo have passed on a "signature sound" to craft an unpredictable approach that's as cerebral as it is speaker-decimating.
Whether crafting epic, nine minute Salem remixes or raving out with their own anthemic tracks like “Revolting Joks” and “Baggy Bottom Boys,” Toronto duo Jokers Of The Scene have proven themselves masters of electronic music in all its forms. Their last project, the J0T5 EP, may have proven to be their most expansive yet, as Linus Booth and Chris Macintyre have created music perfect for home listening and strobe-lit warehouses alike.
Yet Jokers Of The Scene expand minds once again with Killing Jokes, dosing the discotheque with moody, funky new sounds straight out of the Toronto laboratory they call home. Kicking things off with a bang, "Killing Jokes III" sees the duo tweaking the closing notes of their J0T5 EP for ten lysergic minutes of Beat Street worthy drum machine loops, surging acid lines, and the absolutely perfect ammount of slap bass. Planet E's own Psycatron take the song for a deep walk into techno territory, while Ed Banger's resident psych guru Mickey Moonlight cranks up the bongos and introduces haunting vocals (including a laugh track?!? Trust us, it works...) for a Talking Heads-on-nitrous jam session. Lest you think JOTS and their friends went hippy on us all of a sudden, the boys close things out with the stomping piano house coda "A Fine Line Between Nowhere And Now Here," bookending another quality Fool's Gold release from one of the most interesting and unpredictable forces in dance music.
Keep your antennae locked in to JOTS' wavelength for whatever surprise comes next...
Genre: Techno / Synth / Noise
Members: Linus Booth / Chris Macintyre
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