Make Believe Disco is the newest vinyl-only imprint from Guy and Kris, the Dutch and Danish/Canadian duo behind Sleazy Beats. Originally starting as a blog back in early to mid-2009, Sleazy Beats then quickly transitioned into a record label later that same year, with their first release coming from Eddie C. Fast forward eight years and they’ve gone through two series of ten releases each. The original catalogue was a little bit on the slo-mo/edit tip while the follow-up series and arguably their hottest, the Black Ops series, was geared more toward the dance floor. Their no digital, no repress policy enacted in 2010 has caught them some flack over the years as many fans have struggled to pick up copies. But they’ve stuck to it, ensuring that limited stays limited while unfortunately fetching some ridiculous prices on the second-hand market.
Guy and Kris’ impressive A&R skills paired with some impeccable timing have helped both their label and certain artists blossom. One of those artists is Junktion (soundcloud) aka Hans Peeman, one half of Fouk and co-founder of Outplay. A widely popular follow-up to his « Monologues » EP, « The Great Unknown« , which was released on the Black Ops imprint, sold out in a matter of a couple of days (if not less than that) and this happened around the time that the hype around both Junktion and Sleazy Beats was conceivably at an all-time high. With this surefire recipe for success, why not repeat the process?
Today we’re extremely excited to bring you Peeman’s latest and the second release on newly minted Make Believe Disco with the premiere of the A1 and title track « In Blue Forests ». Hans manages to evoke his signature sound while breathing some fresh air into this project. The crisp drums we’ve come to expect are certainly present here with catchy bass guitar licks making regular appearances. However, the aptly titled track brings forth visions of rain forests and tropical climates utilizing afro-latin percussion rhythms and arpeggiated marimba-like instruments, a step away from the funky and more soulful samples we’re accustomed to hearing from the Dutchman. Exemplary synth work rounds out this euphonious cocktail, creating tension in all the right moments and taking a back seat to the groove when needed.
Needless to say, this EP will sell like hotcakes so you better get your pre-orders in as soon as possible or risk being disappointed!