PREMIERE : Jesse Bru – Heartless Love [Piff Records]

jesse bru - heartless love

It was only late last year that PIFF Records dropped their successful first release PIFF001 ‘To Adelaide’, showcasing a palate of uprising Australian producers and including with it an impressive Boiler Room Debut. Now, the Britol record imprint returns with Berlin-based Jesse Bru (soundcloud) on solo duties in PIFF002 ‘Heartless Love EP’.

PIFF002 makes for a charming, anecdotal story-teller, cohesive in its structure; Bru is deliberate in his placement of the four well-crafted tracks. Sandwiched in the middle between a lighthearted, playful 8-minutes of A1 ‘Let Me Know’, and the aptly named, moody yet invigorating B1 ‘Late Nite Jam’, is our track of choice.

A2 ‘Heartless Love’ opens with glitches of bright, celestial synth arpeggios ringing above wind-chimes. A fluid, acid bass-line soon pervades, mellow and muffled when held against the crunchy, industrial percussive highs. Bru continues to play with opposites in shaping his bass-drum kicks, contrasting the steady four-to-the-floor thumps with more softly erratic rhythms. The vocal sample is perfectly understated, with each word yearningly suspended a touch longer than anticipated. Adding to the tracks eccentricity, Bru works in bursts of melodic slides, grainy edits and short delays. It’s as if the track drops you into a wavy old colour box-tv set in a dim, yellow-lit room, inviting you on a nostalgic journey of distorted memories and fuzzy dreams.

PIFF002 ‘Heartless Love EP’ rounds off with a bustling B2 ‘Tribute’, but also includes a Bandcamp bonus fifth track on mp3: the feel-good dance-cut ‘Tried’ is an ideal close for the upbeat yet quietly sentimental PIFF002 soundtrack. Pre-order the record here ahead of its May 30th release!


Maria