Fresh off the news of his signing to Astral People Recordings, Meanjin/Brisbane-based producer and DJ Joshua Amour today shares his latest single and visualiser, ‘Do Ya Love’, out now.
‘Do Ya Love’ follows Amour’s debut single ‘Don’t Let Go’, a jittery, 2-step-inflected love letter to the wistful, subdued syncopation of early 2010’s post-dubstep that won support from FBi Radio, SYN FM, Clash, Acclaim Magazine, Purple Sneakers, Cool Accidents, BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, BBC 6Music’s Deb Grant and more.
With ‘Do Ya Love’, Amour continues his exploratory, loving dedication to all shades of UK dance music. Where ‘Don’t Let Go’ looks backwards, paying tribute to formative artists such as Four Tet and Mount Kimbie with its organic yet processed drowsy-eyed romanticism, ‘Do Ya Love’ looks to the present, leaning into the more infectious side of UK Funky and Garage with its pitch-shifted, chirpy vocal samples and irregular stabs of piano. Already praised by The Blessed Madonna with a five star review (“really strong stuff across the board”), ‘Do Ya Love’ sounds not too far from something you might expect to hear at the ebullient peak of a Conducta mix.
On the new single, Amour shares: “I love this track honestly. That bassline, the vocal chop, the drums, all of it is classic UKG I think. It sounds something like what Sunship or MJ Cole would make, it’s super bouncy! Yeah I’m pretty proud of this one.”
Only two singles into his nascent solo career, Amour’s music is a gracefully constructed love letter to the artists, communities and relationships that have shaped him, compressing and reflecting these inspirations back in a sublime, moveable amalgam that brims with his palpable reverence. It takes in everything from his earliest artistic influences to the openhearted dance scene in Meanjin/Brisbane that has fostered and matured alongside him, to the limitless discovery of the internet, to his childhood friend Genesis Owusu, whom Amour cut his teeth touring with, to his partner dameeeela, whom he can often be found DJing alongside throughout the city. Through his evocative, superbly textural compositions he channels the bliss of finding a space which is uniquely reflective of yourself.
As he explains, Amour is inspired and driven by the sensation of “growing up and relying on the internet for most of my music. I discovered lots of different styles and sounds that captivated me, people from all over the world creating their own genres and showing me the possibilities of self-made music.” Now, the music he makes and releases under his own name aims to take its own place in this rich lineage, animated by the hope that it might do for others what Amour’s favourite artists have already done for him.
‘Do Ya Love’ by Joshua Amour
Is out now on Astral People Recordings / [PIAS]