Over the past couple of years of this site’s 13-plus year history, I’ve spilled quite a bit of virtual ink covering Portuguese DJ and production duo Bubba Brothers — Eliseo Correia and Justino Santos — and during that period, the duo, which formed back in 2015, have been remarkably prolific, regularly releasing banger after banger after banger . . .
2023 has been a rather busy year for the JOVM mainstays. Earlier this year, they released the Visions EP, an effort that featured:
- “Black Beach,” which saw the JOVM mainstays pairing deep house with Balearic house, built around glistening synth arpeggio-driven melodies, skittering beats, twinkling percussion and euphoria-inducing hooks. The song as the duo explain was inspired by and written on Iceland’s famous Black Beach — but somehow manages to evoke swelling summer nights and sweaty clubs.
- “Bobby’s Dream” a club rocking, deep house banger built around skittering tweeter and woofer rattling thump, a sampled Rastafarian meditation, glistening synths and enormous hooks. The end result is a woozy and dream-like song act will get asses out of their seats and onto the floor.
The duo followed the Visions EP with three more singles:
- “Meaning” a percussive, banger built around propulsive polyrhythm paired with glistening synth arpeggios, a soulful vocal sample and their unerring knack for euphoric hooks.
- “Wasabi” a Larry Levan-indebted bit of deep house built around chunky synth arpeggio blocks, tweeter and woofer rattling, propulsive beats, the duo’s unerring knack for euphoria-inducing hooks — and for the second time in their growing catalog, lyrics sung by the pair.
- “Euphoria,” a deep house banger built around percussive polyrhythm, glistening synth oscillations, euphoria-inducing drops and hooks paired with a vocal sample. It’s a crowd-pleasing banger that would rock clubs at Ibiza, Berlin, Paris, New York, Miami and everywhere in between.
The Portuguese duo’s latest single “Foolish” continues an amazing run of melodic, deep house that sounds a bit like a synthesis of Tour de France-era Kraftwerk and Larry Levan-era house built with a trippy motorik groove and blocky synth arpeggios.