When I was 18 years old, which was worryingly a decade ago now, I spent most of my time doing largely trivial things. Sleeping quite a bit. Working a dead end job. Sleeping some more. Frankly, if it wasn’t for my excursions into the dark, sweaty raves of London to either “dance” or get behind the decks and throw down in front of a crowd, I wouldn’t really have done much of anything.
Not so the story for London based 18 year old Javano. He seems to have spent his time doing something far more consequential; namely, making top notch drum & bass. Still new to the scene, with just a couple of releases under his belt (including a lovely pair of liquid rollers on Sub:mission Audio), his latest offering is a brilliant pair of tracks on Brazilian label Diskool Records.
Stamina on the A side rolls along nicely, with snappy breaks, a darker-than-you’d-expect vibe, and a fantastic, rumbling low end that reminds me of Chroma or Brockie & Ed Solo. In contrast, the sensational Minimal Jazz on the flip is all breezy saxophone riffs and guitar plucks, sounding like a smokey speakeasy in the 1920s.