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YOUNG GUV

2 SAD 2 FUNK

NIGHT SCHOOL


Format: LP
Cata No: LSSN059
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**SHIPS FOR 11TH MAY** 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.

Tracks:

1. Intro (2S2F)
2. 2S2F
3. KFC Interlude
4. Stand In The Way
5. St. Clair
6. T-Dot Interlude
7. You?ve Been Acting Strange Lately
8. TIC Interlude
9. Ain?t Fallin? In Luv Again
10. Oshawa Interlude Lookin Ahead
11. Turn Down Day
12. Tarzan Dan
13. Lookin Ahead

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