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ECB359D | 2013-05-20  
The always energising and energised Southern Fried serve up a steamy slice of disco tinged house here from a/jus/ted feat Miss Bee.

a/jus/ted is the musical concept of veteran producer Justin Strauss and analog aficionado Teddy Stuart, better known as Eddie Mars, and since coming
together in 2012 the pair have crafted some lush, synth heavy music. Before then they had impressive careers: in the case of Strauss, remixing and producing for some of the biggest acts in the States from a range of genres, and for Stuart it was producing his own disco fried sounds for UNO NYC.

The original version of ‘Stay Up Here’ is an emotional ride on top of a simple but evocative bassline with neon synths and delicate melodies all swaying infectiously. The sweet, whispered vocals from Miss Bee (who has sung for producers including Needwant’s Mario Basanov before now) inject a certain steaminess and the whole track oozes cool. As well as a dub, one half of PBR Streetgang and something of a man of the moment Bonar Bradbury also offers a remix. His version is sympathetic to the original but features a more degraded, apocalyptic bassline and sharper, more prominent claps. Finally, Golf Channel’s nu disco favourites The Rhythm Odyssey also turn in a remix. This version twists and turns and is much more purposeful and electric. Pixelated synths rain down the face of the track and an anthemic piano breakdown really sets the whole thing alight.

Another fine A&R stroke for Southern Fried, this release will surely propel a/jus/ted to the next level.

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