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“The perfect fusion of light and dark underneath an alt-pop chassis” – Clash
“Someone to keep your eye on” – Wonderland
“Excitingly refreshing” – Earmilk
Fast ascending alt/pop artist – LE JUNK – is back with his first new music of 2022: ‘Midnight Lover’ (out 12th August, via Naked Superstar Recordings).
A syrupy melange of wiry guitar licks and elasticated basslines, shot-through with a pneumatic electroclash crunch, “Midnight Lover” is as hot and heady as the heatwaves of ‘22.
With lyrics as sticky and seductive as leather-on-skin at the height of summer, it finds Le Junk toying with society’s unspoken taboos and flirting with those dark, hedonistic impulses that lurk deep beneath the surface.
As Le Junk explains of the track:
“Set within one’s guilty conscience, “Midnight Lover” is a tragic self-conflict tale of lust vs love, as wrong-doings form a moral battle of selfishness and delusion.”
Riding on a bed of fuzzy grooves and frenzied synths lines that refuse to relent, Le Junk commands from the front with a march of rhythmic spoken-word slogans, as salacious as they are sarcastic.
“A perfectionist, who would have guessed? What if I said I’m addicted to the rest?” he quips, tongue just-about in-cheek as he taps into the conflicted thoughts of an inner-psyche embroiled in a sordid war with itself.
Taking cues from the heavy bass and beat driven styles of artists like Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, and Death From Above 1979, the Le Junk sound is a taut blend of sharp alternative-pop and slick electroclash, strewn with stories of sleazy misdemeanours and darkly sardonic humour.
Having previously fronted acts Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux and Big & The Fat, he parted ways with those projects with ideas of creating new material under a solo moniker. Initially writing demos on a bass and drum machine, he soon began shaping and styling a canon of material of his own identity from the comfort of his bedroom studio. Choosing to surface amidst the mayhem of 2020 as Le Junk, his debut solo single “Rich Romance” pointed to a refreshing new artist that spelled-out that there’s always space to have some fun.
Releasing a succession of highly addictive, genre-bending singles ever since, “Midnight Lover” is just the latest in a fine lineage that also includes “America” and “Sticky Side” that have seen him earn praise from key tastemakers including The Line of Best Fit, Wonderland, Earmilk and Clash.
An active member of London bands Human Music, White Devil Disco, and Frances Lion; Le Junk has also recently begun to take his own project to the live stage for the first time.
Performing as a 5-piece band, the shows have seen Le Junk quickly making waves across London, with the band supporting the likes of Deadletter, Meatraffle, and Alien Tango. With further support slots confirmed throughout the coming months, Le Junk are also due to play their first London headline show in early 2023.
LE JUNK – LIVE DATES
5 Aug 2022 – LONDON, Shacklewell Arms (supporting Ellis D)
28 Jan 2023 – LONDON, Shacklewell Arms (HEADLINE)
LE JUNK – “MIDNIGHT LOVER” – OUT 12 AUGUST, VIA NAKED SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS
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