Tim: Europa, a new project comprising Jax Jones and Martin Solveig, and I think this is the first time we’ve ever had a ‘with’ for a featured artist. How exciting!
Tom: “Mesdames, Messieurs, le disc-jockey Sash! est de retour.” Not quite, of course, but those synth patches are at least an homage.
Tim: Absolutely. It doesn’t sound anything like a standard Martin Solveig track, doesn’t sound anything like a regular Jax Jones track either, which I guess is the point of creating a whole new brand. We’ve a bit more of a RAVE vibe to it, and it’s been a good fifteen years or so since that’s been a thing and I’m pretty happy to see it back to be honest.
Tom: Nostalgia tends to run on a thirty-year cycle, which means it’s about time for it to ramp up into our own childhoods, Tim. Updated versions of 90s rave culture is going to be the sound of the next few years, and this is part of the vanguard. I’d say “expect Clubland Classix to put out another compilation” but they’ve never really stopped.
Tim: True, I suppose. Whether we do indeed have a full revival coming remains to be seen – maybe we will have a new Sash! and a new Faithless. In the meantime, let’s enjoy this, and start hoping.