Jensen Sportag is a smooth operation rooted in chilly R&B, not quite as frigid as the Minneapolis funk of Prince and The Time, but what the older gods refer to as Detroit Techno.
A few hundred miles south of Detroit, Jensen Sportag rep Nashville, a city hardly known for its electro-funk, but that is the beauty of the digital world. It's a diggers' society where a hip uncle with dusty wax who lets you drink beer unbeknown to your parents, while introducing you to the music of his era is no longer a step in discovery. Now, we look at that uncle and say, “pssh I know what The Shelter was like, I saw a video of Derrick May on Youtube.”
Anywhoo, Jensen Sportag's “Everything Good” is everything swell and tastefully nostalgic that we love about retro-fitting our R&B; the snaking bass line, the posh runway-ready synths, schmaltzy white-boy vocal musings and of course, subtle cowbell clanging – overt cowbell breakdowns are so DFA circa '04.
Jensen Sportag's Pure Wet is out digitally February 15 on Cascine.