Published Oct 02, 2017When Juju & Jordash released their underrated sophomore LP, Techno Primitivism, in 2012, the Netherlands-via-Israeli duo were compared to throwback jazzy downtempo bands like Air and Zero 7 due to their stylish use of Rhodes piano and with their meandering compositions. Naming their fourth LP Sis-Boom-Bah! may signify an exclamation point to their discography, as the two-piece have tightened up their songwriting, giving listeners nine focused and well-conceived tracks that move away from their regular brand of pot-smoke fogged jams.
Juju & Jordash still revel within the haze of their compositions (we're still talking about two young men currently living in Amsterdam here), as tracks like the funky hypnotic "Back Tuck Basket Toss," the ruan-driven meditation "Paper Dolls" and the warped, polyrhythmic "L-Motion" expertly demonstrate. But Sis-Boom-Bah! works so well because J&J stick to brilliantly simple ideas, never crowding their compositions, while keeping the album moving at a breezy and purposeful pace.
The fact that the busily quirky "Rah-Rah" and the seriously ambient "Hanging Pyramid" appear within the same space shows Juju & Jordash as a group willing to utilize their imagination and know-how to build a suite made from nine completely distinguishable personalities and have it come off as cohesive. (Dekmantel)