YOU DESERVE BETTER by TOM TRAGO

SKU115503
ArtistTOM TRAGO
TitleYOU DESERVE BETTER
LabelJONG NEDERLAND
Catalog #JNL02
Genre
ReleaseW 04 - 2021
FormatVinyl - EU12"
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Tracks

  1. From Above
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/j/jnl02_you_deserve_better/jnl002_snippet_a1_1.mp3
  2. Young Janet
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/j/jnl02_you_deserve_better/jnl002_snippet_a2_1.mp3
  3. You Deserve Better
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/j/jnl02_you_deserve_better/jnl002_snippet_b1_1.mp3
  4. Passenger Seat
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/j/jnl02_you_deserve_better/jnl002_snippet_b2_1.mp3

Description

Earlier this year, Tom Trago established the DIY label Jong Nederlands as a vehicle for the improvised, straight-to-tape tracks he records every day at his home studio in Bergen, a sleepy town on the Netherlands’ North West coast. His intention was to surprise and inspire in equal measure, delivering emotive musical material crafted with a small selection of electronic instruments, drumcomputers and effects units.

It's down to this ethos that no two label releases follow the same direction – as listeners will discover when they tune in to this speedy sequel to JNL001, which hit stores early in the year. Opener “From Above” is poignant and melancholic, with bittersweet synth-strings, spacey motifs and bubbly lead lines riding a lo-fi drum machine groove, while the track that follows, “Young Janet”, offers warmth in morning-fresh musical sunshine via rich Rhodes motifs, chunky drums and sparkling synthesizer riffs.

Darkness, and late-night intensity is provided by title-track “You Deserve Better”, a mind-mangling, acid-fired excursion where trippy, razor-sharp TB-303 lines rise above tough but dusty drums and a suitably weighty bassline. Trago’s basement-bothering intent can also be heard loud and clear on the EP’s final excursion, “Passenger Seat”. Here he readies an imaginary starship for take-off, reaching for flighty, Italo-disco style lead lines, increasingly forthright motifs and the kind of crunchy electronic drums that have long been a feature of futuristic and far-sighted machine music.

The sleeves are all hand stamped by Pieter Bijwaard

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