Motor City producer Gari Romalis comes to the Bristol-based house and techno label
Dan Wild’s enduring Just Jack imprint open their account for the year with a three-tracker from Detroit’s Gari Romalis, a favourite with the likes of Tresor, Soma and Terrence Parker’s Intangible who is regarded by many to be at the very forefront of the city’s techno scene.
With this release, however, Romalis opts for something that is more akin to deep house, with both Panic In Detroit and Final Frontier coming to us packed full of lush, atmospheric chords and rolling melodies over crisp, chunky beats. His techno roots are still evident though, which gives the EP added versatility, especially as we come to the third and final track. Hard Rain – a more downbeat affair, which, while sticking with the same lush atmospheric vibe of its predecessors, applies a more prominent warm and fuzzy bassline, alongside heavier jazz overtones.
All in all, this is another solid release from Just Jack, one which I can see causing suitable excitement among discerning house music lovers as well as striking a chord with techno aficionados, who'll find these sounds eminently well-suited to the deeper moments in their sets.
Words: Iain Taylor
Release date: 19 February
Review Score: 8