Boomkat Product Review:
Exquisite freestyle electro/synth-pop /new wave flair from the Pender Street Steppers. Pure minters!
After taking a couple years out and shuffling their style, Vancouver’s Jack Jutson and Liam Butler aka Pender Street Steppers come with a deeply classic sound on both sides, and both replete with ace dubs.
Up top, ‘Falling’ strikes gold with an immaculate balance of blue-eyed soul vocals and pendulous, mid-tempo freestyle tropes in a way that splits the difference between ‘80s synth-pop, earliest boogie and garage house, and Junior Boys’ 2-step pop. Add in a spaced-out, gritty dub and you’ve got a grade A doozy.
Down below they nod heavily to 1986’s ‘Pump’ by Graham Lewis of Wire’s He Said project, melding low key vocals with a bassline that’s practically a note away and even the same sort of trickling synth vamps, but maybe there’s a bit more juice in the groove. Either way it’s very worthwhile and replete with a hardware-sprung dub that really does the biz.