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TM Juke - My World Is Empty Without You EP

TM Juke My World Is Empty Without You EPTM Juke My World Is Empty Without You EP
TM Juke - My World Is Empty Without You EP
(12") Tru Thoughts TRUEP154, 2008-04-07

Tracklisting & Review :

A1. My World Is Empty Without You feat. Alice Russell
It's simply amazing what this two can do together. This one's a classy slow gospel soul cracker for the heartbrokens. Alice is incredible - again. TM Juke's production steps to a new level - again.

A2. Electric Chair feat. Elmore Judd
A3. Electric Chair feat. Elmore Judd (instrumental)
I called this one "sensible electronic soul" in my review on the "Forward" album. I could have tipped it as "swinging electronic beats for trendy loundeheads" too... And it's also available in instrumental form for 21st century chillouts.

B1. Come Away (Zumen remix)
For something more dancefloor, there's a Zumen remix of "Come Away" - some kind of hybrid uptempo reggaeton synthetized soul - I'd love to know a club where you can hear this in Paris :/

B2. Pencils For Dolphins (Wyndham Earl remix)
To complete this EP, the Wyndham Earl (??) mix of "Pencils for Dolphins" is surprisingly fresh harmless hippie pop.

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Press Release :
"Prepare to be wowed, Alex Cowan aka TM juke is on top of his game with his thoroughly inventive music making. Highly recommeneded" - Jelly Jazz
"He has somehow captured that essence of funk from the soul. I take my hat off once again" - One Week To Live
"The return to wax of The Man Juke is a real treat... A refreshing scorcher" - Dom Servini (Straight No Chaser)

TM Juke's 'Electric Chair EP' hooks you in from the start. Loaded with the characteristically beautiful yet quirky compositions and production, for which TM Juke (aka Alex Cowan) has become known, and brilliant variety, from pared-down bluesy soul to blissful downtempo electronica via the upbeat dancefloor-oriented Zumen Remix of 'Come Away'. The inspired collaborations on this 12" continue with additions from Elmore Judd, Alice Russell and Windham Earl.

The first track is the atmopheric 'My World Is Empty Without You' featuring the vocals of Alice Russell. This bluesy tale of longing could have been written bespoke for the depth and expression of Alice's amazing voice, with stripped down guitars and snare as accompaniment - its simplicity is the perfect example of TM Juke's sensitivity and deftness of touch, and a complement to the 1970s original.

The title track, 'Electric Chair' featuring Elmore Judd (taken from the acclaimed TM Juke album 'forward'), is classic, glorious TM Jue twisted soul. The soulful vocals and additional keys come from London-based Elmore Judd (EMI), aka Jesse Hackett, a keyboard player who has previously orked with the likes of Barrington Levy, Ms. Dynamite and Finley Quaye. The exclusive instrumental version follows.

The Zumen (Raw Fusion) remix of 'Come Away' is another previously unreleased track, upping the tempo of this EP and guaranteed to get bodies moving on the dancefloor.

'Pencils for Dolphins (Wyndham Earl Mix)' is as idiosyncratic as the title suggests and wraps this EP up in style. Opening with a catchy hook, the air of summery innocence about this instrumental track could brighten the gloomiest of days.


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