MC


REDEEM DOWNLOAD CODE

If you received a download code in a vinyl you purchased, you can redeem it for your download here.


LOGIN

Login with your existing account.

Forgot Password

CREATE ACCOUNT

Create an account to purchase items.

cover

Young Guv

2 Sad 2 Funk

Night School
FLAC $11.99

03/09/2018 647603400709 

 


MP3 $9.90

03/09/2018 647603400709 

 


Nothing is ever as it seems with Young Guv, but it always feels good. At first glance cloaked in a bold, ready-made distance, 2 Sad 2 Funk reveals itself over time to be an emotional, perfectly crafted, detourned pop record. Young Guv is the creation of Toronto-based auteur Ben Cook, an artist with over a decade playing guitar and singing in hardcore punk groups and a long discography of Young Governing. On 2 Sad 2 Funk, Guv pushes the power pop motif to its natural, 21st post-structuralist conclusion: it’s an album ridden with the cultural noise that bleeds through human interaction, distorting relationships and eroding that great Luv you thought you had. Audibly referencing everything from classic guitar pop The Toms or Dwight Twilley through Prince-ian ecstacies to a buried, trancegressive House music, the attention deficit belies a modern age plagued by distraction and performance anxieties. These days, the heart can break in new ways. Perhaps Young Guv isn’t trying to soundtrack this breakdown in our relationship to Luv, but there’s something unmistakably broken down underneath these songs’ palette of fuzzy synths, crisp snare cracks and emotionally synthesized vocals. Throughout 2 Sad 2 Funk, Cook’s approach is to contextualise these modern unlove songs within a bedrock of collaged sounds, TV and Radio adverts, studio out-takes and warped experiments. The effect is hallucinogenic and serves to blow up his pop songs to epic, life-affirming proportions. The title-track slides into your life like a precautious Luv-er, a romantically doomed, electro-funk ballad that strikes the perfect balance between melancholy and creepiness. It feels good as long as you don’t attempt to decode the anxiety beneath it. Stand-out Stand In The Way is one of the most ecstatic heartbreaks Cook has ever committed to tape, a chorus that puts the listener in an open-top sports car speeding down an ocean highway, the sun bleaching out the pain, but not completely. Instrumentals like St. Clair provide the bridges, like a club music thumping in the background to your latest drama, while a track like You’ve Been Acting Strange Lately invokes a pantomime response in the listener: over a slinky, ecstatic 90s house beat Guv is “only questioning your love, because you’ve been acting strange lately” – we want to shake Guv and say “they’re just not that into you” but also, the sadist in the listener wants to let him suffer and keep writing these transgressive pop songs. 2 Sad 2 Funk constructs a hyper-reality of commerce, pop references and ecstasies that reveal an addictive, hyperactive emotional underneath it. Young Guv seems removed from the picture but really he’s there a little too much for his own good. 2 Sad 2 Funk is not what you thought at first, but it feels good, whatever it is.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Intro Bust

    Listen

  2. #2 2 Sad 2 Funk

    Listen

  3. #3 KFC

    Listen

  4. #4 Stand In The Way

    Listen

  5. #5 Saint Clair

    Listen

  6. #6 DOT

    Listen

  7. #7 You've Been Acting Strange Lately

    Listen

  8. #8 TIC

    Listen

  9. #9 Ain't Fallin In Luv Again

    Listen

  10. #10 Oshawa

    Listen

  11. #11 Turn Down Day

    Listen

  12. #12 Ybabyy

    Listen

  13. #13 Lookin' Ahead

    Listen

Single MP3s for this release are $0.99.

Related Items

cover

Nilsson, Molly

The Travels
Night School
cover

Cucina Povera

Hilja
Night School
cover

Amor

Higher Moment / Amnesia
Night School
cover

Patience

White Of An Eye / Blue Sparks
Night School
cover

Stacian

Person L
Night School
cover

Nilsson, Molly

Single
Night School
cover

The Modern Institute

The Modern Institute
Night School
cover

Nilsson, Molly

Imaginations
Night School
cover

Mcdowall, Rose

Our Twisted Love
Night School
cover

Amor

Paradise / In Love An Arc
Night School
cover

Nilsson, Molly

Follow The Light
Night School
cover

Strawberry Switchblade

1982 4 Piece Demo
Night School