Javelin - "Oh! Centra"

First listen from previously loved crate-digging Brooklyn-via-Providence duo Javelin’s forthcoming long-player, the follow up to their odds-and-ends collection Jams n Jemz and pair of Thrill Jockey 12″s (Javelin and Number 2). This time out the record is being pressed under the penumbra of David Byrne’s world music imprint Luaka Bop, with a title to fit that billing (No Mas). Last time out I called their audiophilic dance jams n jemz “a mutant stew that cuts across genres, generations, and genealogy,” which is fully fleshed here on “Oh! Centra,” too — 8-bit beats ala “Soda Popinski,” pitched-up helium-filled ’80s schoolyard raps, crackling warm live backbeats, and a tease or two of “Push It” by Salt-n-Pepa (progenitors of the Jams n Jems conjunctive, so, fitting). Audiophilic and crate-digging still, dudes stay close to their concept of choice all while breathing off-beat and refined (if unpredictable and erratic) smarts into their dance music. Like it.

Javelin’s No Mas is out 4/20 on Luaka Bop.

Travelin:
03/04 – New York, NY @ E & L Auditorium
03/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocodero Theatre (w/Man Man)
03/23 – Lawrence, KS @ The Jackpot Saloon #
03/22 – Fayatteville, AR @ Sang House #
03/24 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre #
03/25 – Iowa City, IA @ Public Space One #
03/26 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
03/27 – Knoxville, TN (Big Ears Festival)
03/28 – Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon St
03/29 – Detroit, MI @ The Cafe #
03/30 – Toronto, ON @ And And And (Artspace) #
03/31 – The Friendship Cove – Montreal, QC#
04/03 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club*
04/04 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
04/05 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel*
04/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
04/07 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe*
04/08 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre*
04/09 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues*
04/10 – Austin, TX @ The Parish*
04/11 – Austin, TX @ The Parish*
04/14 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress*
04/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room*

* w/ Yeasayer
# w/ These Are Powers

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  1. These guy are so fun. Can’t wait to see them open for Gang Gang.

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