Boomkat Product Review:
Optimo Music grip a low-slung and swaggering debut session from the 4-piece Junto Club, who, like many others on the label, also hail from Optimo’s Glasgow stomping grounds and the hotbed of Green Door studios.
Formed by four friends, and presumably taking their moniker from Benjamin Franklin’s proto-house appreciation society, Junto Club have hatched a supple, restrained sound that’s deeply ingrained with classic strains of Italo and post-punk disco.
We can hear a bit of Fockewulf 190’s weirder sides in the hypnotic bass arpeggios, woozy synths and vox of Nothing Above, revolving the brilliant line “warm me up with your cigarette”, and there’s definite shades of Fade To Grey in the bass progression of Look Down, only taken to some sleazy Glasgow backroom on a rainy but fizzy tuesday night.
Mister Kind Electric Man is obviously indebted to Suicide, but the speed dealer hasn’t turned up and they have to operate at a scowling crawl, keeping one eye on the door for his arrival, and he still hasn’t turned up by Isaac so they start on the diazes, hence the blunted and funereal pace.
We’re not calling them all drugeeez, but this is some narcotic sh*t. Aces.