Sweat Equity is thrilled to announced its first release of 2017: Jet Fuel, a 5-track outing by Los Angeles-based duo DIVORCE that runs the full-length of the U.S. dance underground over its brief but brutal tracklisting.
The group has been a frequent mainstay in the New York party circuit, touching down at a few of our events parties and in several SE compilations as they honed and crafted their first record (heads will remember the pinpoint feel-goodery of their Chaka Khan edit “EW” on our last compilation, Summer Jams). Their recent transplant to the City of Angels sees our first release from a crew knocking speakers on the West Coast—we couldn’t have picked a wilder one to celebrate!
Culling together an expansive palette of forms for the group’s first official release, the record draws on a range of techno and drum and bass signifiers locked into a near-cataclysmic rush of energy. Breaks scatter across tracks, complemented by deep, thudding kick patterns in a fusion that owes as much to the recent emphasis on industrially-tinged techno dominating much of New York’s current dance underground as they do to more esoteric outliers in the UK and beyond. This is a record that’s as studied as it is compelling, a distillation of styles and formats that draws as much strength from its knowledge of the dancefloor as it does from its instincts for what gets a body moving.
There’s something particularly vital in DIVORCE’s approach to dance music: a sense of mangled, cathartic energy pounding through the speakers as a mode of empowerment, literal “jet fuel” to blast through a modern landscape so at odds with the rational, and so demanding of “mental gymnastics” to get through the day. With its flicks at the absurd, and its undeniable power, the record seems to offer an unlikely way forward: straight through the madness.
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