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ARTIST
TITLE
Still There
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
PLAYRJC 080EP PLAYRJC 080EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/30/2022

Are you still here? Or are you still there? Berlin-based/Italian warehouse-rave warrior, Younger Than Me, and Italo-American romantic goth-wave prince, Curses are there. They're there where it's at! It was the bond of bold friendship that brought these guys together -- and of course a shared history of subgenre juxtaposition and meshing. Both grew up on punk, rap, and of course the early days of techno. Still There is their first EP together and thus of course their first for Live At Robert Johnson. It's a venture into the euphoric, psychedelic power of early trance and breaks mixed with the attitude and energy of EBM and electro. Starting with the moody slow beats of the title tune "Still There", Y2C takes you on a journey to a faraway chill-out room in some dark yet warm and cozy cellar. Or is this place to be found in synth heaven? It could well be if you listen to those dreamy melodies. Melodies as beguiling as the song of the sirens that seduced good old Ulysses. Y2C pick up on that dreamy vibe but throw in that slight and subtle trance-factor, taking up speed with "Romantic Squat", dragging you into their very own romantic squat. Next up is "Love Your Enemy" -- oh yes, shouldn't we all? Icey claps with lots of reverb and a bass line draw you onto the dry ice flooded aluminum floor and there's no way back -- especially when that strange break with that crazy sound makes you stop for a second and think, why did I stop dancing? Get back on the floor y'all! The last track "Mairei" is indeed some kind of a lollapalooza ride, a very special ride. And no, it does not lull you to sleep because the beat created by Y2C here is a demanding one, a special which gets you going all over its eight and a half minutes. It's sheer bliss, you gotta believe it. This is not a one-off novelty EP, it's a kinetic collaboration. Y2C is a force of nature, a force of rave/wave energy, with many more to come, a force to reckon with.