By: Aaron Gi
After a year of touring and playing shows all over the country, Up Until Now put some time into the studio to lay down four tracks for their new EP, “The Pleasure Sessions.” Dropping on December 18th through 1320 records, Jay Murphy has put down 20 minutes of smooth electronica to vibe out to. Combining the smooth synths and organic riffs from Murphy (Keyboards and synths) with the upbeat dancey drumlines of Kyle Holly (Drums) the duo is sure to keep you moving. Having performed onstage with the likes of Justin Haasting (Zoogma), David Murphy (STS9), and Jon “Barber” Gutwillig (The Disco Biscuits) the new EP has a jamtronica vibe that could easily incorporate more layers and instruments.
The first track off the new EP “Little Piggy” has a bass heavy break beat style rhythm, with a rock n’ roll sounding guitar riff that brings it all together. The track has a slow almost dark feeling to it, like the calm before the storm.
Track number two “Hood Shining” is a down tempo style beat with melodic synth patterns, and vocal samples. The vocal samples over the song give it a sensual vibe with a disco like groove to it.
The third track, “Dirty South Hi Hat” is an up-tempo beat with deep
synth patterns and heavy hitting snares. This song is what seems to be Up Until Now’s upbeat version of Trap Music; with hip hop vocal samples and bass heavy synth drops this track is sure to get a crowd bumpin.
The final track off the album “Way Way Back” sounds like some spacey glitch-tronica. It has the heavy trap style snares heard in the previous track layered with some more hip hop vocals. The talking glitch modulators and spacey melodic synth patterns give this song a very futuristic vibe. With a bridge about halfway in, the song breaks into a drum and bass style beat and rages for about a minute straight only to drop back into the original groove.
All in all , “The Pleasure Sessions” EP is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, it has a dancey upbeat feel to it and I would recommend it to people who enjoy the likes of STS9, Big G, Lotus, or Zoogma. Up Until Now has definitely created a recognizable sound that we can all get down to. Be sure to download the EP for free and keep a lookout for Up Until Now on the festival tour this summer!