John Askew - Plush - [PERFECTO FLUORO]
In the daily flood of press releases trumpeting massive bangers, superstar DJs on top of the DJ Mag list, and the next generation of young Dutch talent, there occasionally comes one that stands out from the crowd.
While most of the time PR is done to improve the image and reach of an artist, the writer seemingly strives for the opposite for DJ/producer John Askew - calling him a "massive satchel" and a "hypocritical bell end" while using an unflattering quote saying "it sounds the same as all my other shit."
The track "Plush" is misnamed because even though the 140 bpm banging trance breaks down into a slow sexual break (à la Lil Louis "French Kiss"), it feels more dirty and primal than lush and opulent. Aside from the moaning, the random xylophonic fills, banging beat fills, airy noises, and chanting contribute to the balearic, if not random, feel. The contrast of hard and soft, not meant as a sexual pun, is quite striking and the sudden vibe change will catch dancers and listeners by surprise.
"Plush" doesn't sound like anything else out there right now, so it does catch your attention- which I guess was the intention of the press release below. If there was ever a couple meant for a reality show, John Askew and his officemate who wrote the bits below would be on the top of the list for an odd couple trapped in a room together (ranking just below Armin van Buuren and Tiesto).
And here is the Press Release for your reading enjoyment:
"John is a massive satchel. I have the misfortune of sharing an office with him. He keeps insisting that Perfecto Fluoro is a Goa trance label that doesn’t release 140 but guess what?
When my back is turned he goes and sneaks a 140 track into the schedule. Honestly – I have never met a more hypocritical bell end in all my life.
Still, if John’s style of music floats your boat and you enjoyed his recent productions (Commander Tom “Are am Eye” remix, JOC “Stresstest” remix, Empirion “Narcotic Influence” remix or his single “Shine” etc etc) then I guess you may like this one.
When I asked John to describe the sound of this record he said “it sounds the same as all my other shit but this time it has the added bonus of people having sex all the way through it”.
In true egotistical style there are no remixes."