Over the past year or so, I’ve managed to spill quite a bit of virtual ink covering British electro pop outfit and JOVM mainstays H2SO4.
Last year, was among the busiest years for the JOVM mainstays as they released a batch of singles that included:
- “Fast Cars,” a swaggering Brit Pop meets Big Beat banger that sonically nodded at the likes of Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers and Evil Heat era Primal Scream — and meant to be played as loudly as possible.
- “Electroworld,” a sleek and slickly produced, club and lounge friendly bop featuring thumping beats, glisteninlg and woobly synth arpeggios and Butler’s insouciant yet sultry delivery paired with the trio’s unerring knack for crafting an infectious, razor sharp hook.
- “Best Shot,” a strutting bop with an infectious hook that nods at Electronic‘s “Getting Away With It” and The Chemical Brothers “Come With Us” but with a chilled out, lounge/salon friendly vibe.
- The BassBears remix of “White Light,” a house music inspired track centered around glistening synth arpeggios, wobbling bass synths, skittering beats paired with Butler’s vulnerable delivery and a rousingly anthemic hook. The end result is a club banger that sonically is a synthesis of In Ghost Colours-era Cut Copy and Balearic house.
- “Crash Test Dummy,” an arena rock friendly take on the British Big Beat sound featuring skittering beats, woozy synth arpeggios paired with enormous hooks. The end result is a song that seemed like a slick synthesis of Evil Heat-era Primal Scream and Tweekend-era The Crystal Method rooted in incisive, satirical lyricism.
The JOVM mainstays begin 2023 with “Outsiders (BassBears Mix),” a sleek, Balearic house-like banger built around glistening synth arpeggios, tweeter and woofer rattling beats, enormous bass drops and euphoria-inducing hooks paired with sultrily delivered vocal sample fed through a bit of distortion. This one sounds as though it would rock clubs at Ibiza on any given night.