Boomkat Product Review:
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Junior Boys debut album 'Last Exit' was one of the purest distillations of indie, electronics and fantastic songwriting to have emerged in recent years - minting itself as a towering presence within the leftfield music scene. So with all the hyperbole now well in the rear mirror, how on earth can they ever hope to follow it up? Disgracefully limited, this white label is your first chance to see what they've got planned for forthcoming LP 'So This Is Goodbye'... and the verdict is double thumbs-up. Sticking to the founding diktats that made it all so good the first time round, Junior Boys have taken some precision beats then wrapped them up in a bubble-wrap of gorgeous melodies, vocal peaks and subtle production flourishes. Kicking off with the lead track, 'In The Morning' trickles past with a pitter-patter of electropop goodness that nourishes right to the core - a state that is merely hammered home tenfold by Alex Smoke's stripped back mix. Keeping his involvement just out of view, Smoke gives the vocals room to breathe amongst a skeletal structure of micro emissions and icy beats - an approach that is thrown into stark contrast by B-side 'The Equalizer'. Yet another lavish Junior Boys gem that compacts its emotional clout into a concentrated burst of tender passion, 'The Equalizer' is then given a rub down by Morgan Geist; wherein what starts clinical soon blossoms into colour-drenched opus. Hurry.