Album Review: JJ- High Summer EP
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4/5Swedish duo jj have been around since 2009 and have two studio albums to their name, but have still remained under the radar. They returned this year with a new single,' jj n°4', but luckily it has only been a short gap in the release of more new material. Put the XX, Beach House and the Dream in a blender and this EP is what you’ll get. Title track 'High Summer' gets the EP off to a cracking start, sporting such audacious brags that would normally be heard coming from the mouth of rapper. Following track '10' is an 808 away from being a fully fledged R’N’B track and what I suspect to be a homage to The Dream’s 'Shawty is a 10'. Utilising this influence sets jj apart from all the other boy/girl dream indie pop twosomes. 'Big Hearts, Big Dreams' is the most commercial and upbeat of the five tracks. The hiatus seems to have done the band well and a slow output is forgivable if they keep on producing quality material. Overall the High Summer EP adds a bit of sunshine to a typically dreary British non-Summer.
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