ARTIST: LE JUNK
SINGLE: RICH ROMANCE
DATE: JUNE 12, 2020
LABEL: NAKED SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS
FORMAT: DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD
‘Louder Than War are proud to present, for the first time anywhere, worldwide – the red hot and ice cool debut from East London multi-instrumentalist self-proclaimed ‘superhuman’ known only as LE JUNK.’ Louder Than War
LE JUNK release debut track, ‘Rich Romance’, out June 12 via Naked Superstar Recordings. Self-recorded and co-produced with Dan White (Buff Records). LE JUNK himself is a multi-instrumentalist, introducing everything from guitar, keys, bass, synth and drum machine into the mix – creating this stunning funky bass and beat laden sound.
Dirty bass hooks and an infectious thumping groove set the pace for this slice of electro-rock. Pulsating disco drums are unleashed beneath a pumping wave of oscillating synthesisers, while disco keys swarm across sleazy surf guitar riffs, colliding towards the end.
All accompanied by this stylish disco-pop video directed by legendary photographer Steve Gullick (Nirvana) all filmed with a hint of bombast and a vocal swagger, laid-back and alluring. Elusive and fierce all at once, ‘Rich Romance’ paints a visceral picture of London’s wave of gentrification – painted through the eyes of an ignorant property developer. All supplied with a stylish performance video, fizzing with electronics and infectious motoric guitars.
‘The idea of the track is about how the world is often setup to make way for the rich at the expense of the rest. It was loosely based on the transformation of Fish Island in Hackney Wick in East London after I witnessed our old music and art studio warehouse turn into a luxury apartment block. Hence the lyric “Lets burn this Wick, cause that’s what it’s for”.
Emerging from East London, the hushed vocals fizz and whirl behind a pulitzer landscape of funky bass and beats, with a balearic glitz. LE JUNK is the new project evolving from a passion for messing around with a bass and drum-machine, progressing to a styling and shaping of tracks in his home studio. Motivated by the bass and the beat and inspired by artists from Peaches to LCD Soundsystem, this is his first solo-outing bringing all the delights and disco-pop eccentricity to life.
While picking-up interest in a previous incarnation with Clash, Louder Than War, Listen With Monger and support from John Kennedy on Radio X. LE JUNK is already stacking up a whole host of live shows, playing the Louder Than War stage at The Alt. Escape in 2019 and performing alongside artists from Meatraffle, Retiree, Mice on Mars as well as Saint Leonard, he is playing the following shows in Lockdown.