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Key protagonist of the whole Nu-Miami club movement, Jonny From Space mints his debut album with Anthony Naples & Jenny Slattery’s scene-leading label, Incienso
As head of Space Tapes and OMNDISC, and regular fixture behind the decks at Miami clubs and beyond, Jonathan Trujillo aka Jonny From Space has smartly kindled the fire of his home city’s small but fertile late ‘90s/early ‘00s electronic beat scene - Schematic, Merck, Beta Bodega - that has fed forward into a contemporary wave spanning Coffintexts, Danny Daze, and Nick Léon. His first LP, ‘Back Then I Didn't But Now I Do’ is surely one with a janus-faced outlook that bridges prevailing ‘90s electronica and downbeats and the afterhours or atmospheric needs of a new generation.
That’s not to say it’s entirely supine or soporific, but the general mode here is slanted to the offbeat and heady, sloping in with the shearing chill out downstroke to ‘Crystal Eyes’ and simmering on the good foot with his restless breaks in ‘Luna Dance’, and counting to toggle that pressure off-peak across the record. His swingeing Latinate touch is secutively at play on ‘Level Skip’ and he chases that dragon into more curious zones with ‘Live’, beside splayed drum-funk on ‘Hold & Release’, carpet-gnaw gouch out in ‘Run It’, and a lush closing flourish ‘Hearing Colors’.