PPJ - formerly Páula, Povoa and Jerge - burst onto the UK scene last year with their 4 track EP ‘Primavera’ a riot of colourful influences straddling the experimental, the unearthed sounds of Awesome Tapes From Africa and continental Europe’s rich house heritage. With support from Radio 1, BBC6Music and key tastemakers at press putting them firmly the map, PPJ are back with a new 4 track EP ‘SONHO' out on Moshi Moshi on October 8th.
Lead single 'Txu Txu’ meaning Choo Choo - out today - is a tale of how "a simple meeting, on a train, can change the course of our lives.” PPJ’s signature playfulness is relayed with the CHOIRS preset on the Yamaha-790 imitating those audible alerts one hears in a railway station. The trio get a bit serious on 'Sonho Com tu’ (A Dream Of You) a piano led track and described by PPJ as "a whispered dream, a melancholy and poignant declaration of love.” Track two ’Neném’ (baby) gets the party back on track with a loud, shouty love song “it’s a happy mess!`” say PPJ. On closing track Dios Chicos (Two Guys) Páula sings of her unconditional for band mates Povoa and Jerge, how they met via Rio de Janeiro and Paris - “its a connection to the Cosmos and an ode to multiple love!”
Urgh! What can I say? Anything I write here will just be inarticulate & clumsy, nothing like the feelings I get when listening. I mean it's great. Yeah, something as facile as that, a pointless word but true.
There's magic happening here but it's elusive, elemental. Alchemy. It expresses more than the listener, me, can perceive. But I absorb it anyway.
Japanese Breakfast just keeps getting better, and I'm all in. Jubilee is humorous and haunting, lovesick and protective. A warm record; both because it calms you, and because you've played it so many times the mechanism is begging for a break. Maybe next time-- for now, I'm dropping the needle on "Posing in Bondage" all over again. jessehd