"Gothic hip-hop" artist Juha's new EP, Stomach, opens with a poppy, light guitar riff, moving into his more distinctive sound that I described two years ago as sounding like a combination Prince and Eminem. Today it's hard for me to make that judgment - I listened to his last full album, Grooms of God, so much that I can only say that he sounds like Juha now. He has a distinct style with an incurable (and why would he want to?) need to layer vocals and mix moods. Then guitar riff reappears and it's lighter, Miami gothic hip-hop.
The lyrics are still about sexual generosity, a topic I won't get tired of any time soon, and his use of the (almost) the entirety of the lyrics from Bizarre Inc's "I'm Gonna Get You" reminds the listener that, yes, house existed and it was good.
After the title track is a four-on-the-floor remix of a song from Grooms of God, "Nothing Going on but the Rent," drier and more spacious this time around. An a cappella cover of Scandal's "Goodbye to You," which gives the listener a chance to experience Juha's vocal arrangements without the noisy background that usually accompanies them, adds weight to the original pop song. The EP ends with a cover of "Steppin' Out" that keeps the 80's aesthetic more pure than the other tracks, sounding like A-ha but with more soul.
It's available for $2.99 on CD Baby.