London’s own Trev appeared on our first release, Body Music Vol 1, as well as other key releases on CoOp Presents and Local Talk. We’ve been fans from the start and, after Trev joined the family, his music went from strength to strength. It was already out-of-this-world production, with serious attention to detail, and this EP is nothing short of excellent! He told us ‘there’s no hiding that this EP is, in essence, a long love letter to Brazil’, but that it’s also written to ‘Iran, London, Lisbon, Japan, probably more – too many to remember!’. Trev described his process as ‘listening, learning, combining my favourite elements of all this music that has brought me so much joy over the years’. Right on!
This EP is fresh, different and sonically on point. It’s Bruk, it’s Brazilian, it’s Bass, it’s… all-round-really-good dance music! Trev is a real modern musician, an awesome keys player as well as a producer. He understands the importance of musicality and originality, together with weighty beats and bass, working just as well on the dance floor as they do at a house party… or dinner party, for that matter!
‘Nightjar’, the title track, draws you in with hypnotic plucks like crickets on a hot summer’s night. Eerie pads float in building tension before the beat drops – Pandeiro and Caxixi serving broken-beat with the kick – pumping the sonic palette and pumping the dancefloor. Deep sinister chords pulse in and out, percussive melodies bring love from the middle east, and we reach a beautiful jazz-harmony break – then it’s straight back to the body movement – this time letting loose with the cowbells and the shakers. Think Brazil, think Persia, think Jazz, think dance-floor, it’s all in there!
‘Late Flip’ pulls us into a more ethereal intro, with the Koto and skate sounds laying our dream scene. Morphing out of flutes, modular synth plucks pay tribute to the sounds of Lisbon as we drop – a rolling broken beat punch, playful Rhodes and distant vocal chops ring out with the Koto dripping in warm echoes. A truly amazing composition and arrangement that leaves you wanting more!
‘Beijo’ is one of our faves on this EP. We’re straight in with a kiss – MWAH! – a classic Baile rhythm gets a warm Bruk embrace. It’s passionate and dark and tells a story as old as history. Get lost in the movements between drums and percussion, in the flutes and cicadas, until the organ bass calls it – time to get moving. This really is Trev’s signature dance floor style. A banger with a naughty-yet-subtle bassline, and its own game of perspective – feel this rhythm in more ways than one. Vocal chops and Tamborim place São Paulo’s influence front and centre.
‘Grey’ takes us on a dusty House/Bruk journey with filtering chords that grow patiently until the beat drops – getting your feet moving and neck bopping! Burning slow, Trev is playful with the harmony, keeping the fun with a roller of a bassline that pulls it all together. It’s a six-and-a-half-minute rich musical journey that feels more like half that time!?
Complete your Dance Regular Vinyl collection with this absolute killer EP from the one called Trev