REVIEW: Moda Black Volume II mixed by Jaymo & Andy George

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Various Artists (Mixed by Jaymo & Andy George)
Moda Black Vol.II
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While Jamie Jones et al. gallivant the globe over, infusing their brand of sun-soaked fare into the minds, bodies and souls of all that will listen, Jaymo & Andy George offer a grittier, more UK-centric focus on this nouveau-house craze. With residencies at We Love and fabric, the northern pairing's Moda brand has brilliantly straddled the divide between the commercial and the underground, dealing in strong, accessible house music tailored directly for the floor. Following on from the popular Moda Black Vol.I mix, the duo return with Vol.II, intent on offering a healthy, robust cross-section of where UK club music is at today.

Bringing together about as enviable a list of talent as they could muster, Jaymo & Andy George get right to the heart of the sound. With no time for flowery intros, Ben Pearce gets the ball rolling with 'Pale Ale', an exclusive slice of emotionally charged house. Replete with heartfelt dance-floor vigour, it provides the mix with a more than steady lift-off platform. Zesty synths on 'Remember' by Jaymo & Andy George keeps things pumping, before a trio of cuts courtesy of Eats Everything, Lrusee & Bleecker and New York's M A N I K offer up a subdued, if still lively, breather.

With plenty of air in our lungs, Huxley cranks us back up to optimum speed, delivering a typically upfront, gravelly UK-garage infused effort in 'Diesel'. Continuing to fly the flag for the revivalists, Ejeca drapes classic 90s stabs in a dense fog of emotive pads and infectious vocals, before Celsius and label favourites Hot Since 82 hint at darker, tougher territory, their contributions awash with hefty, swirling breakdowns and sinister synth lines. Swedish vocalist Karin Park teams up with Shadow Child to give the mix that Bjork-esque glint before full-frontal tracks from Walker & Royce and Danny Daze & Maxxi Soundsystem see us out in the trippy, sweaty haze of a night well partied.

While no one can deny the impact and current popularity of this sound, there exists always the fear that we're on the brink of over-saturation. I'll admit, I wasn't sure I'd hear much to enthuse me on this mix, judging the release by its proverbial tracklist and deeming it safe, if a little tired. In fact, Jaymo & Andy George have collated something thoroughly entertaining here, conveying an intelligent passion to portray the music and the scene that they inhabit in as true and honest a light as possible. Most importantly however, it will just make you really want to dance.


COMPETITION

We've teamed up with the Moda Black team to offer one reader a copy of the new Moda Black Vol II on CD, which is officially released on Monday 15th April. 

To bag your own edition for free, just send us over an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject title 'MODA ME BLACK'. A winner will be chosen randomly a week on Monday, good luck!