John War – “The Difference”


Another success from John War, who impressed with several tracks last year, “The Difference” shows a new side. Aesthetically reminding me of Toro y Moi in its electro-pop allure, the track traverses through several memorable sections. The pulsing synths in the intro do well in building climactic engagement. 01:12 brings a retrospective, sweetly melodic bridge that conjures those Toro y Moi vibes. The second half presents a swelling, textural showcase in satisfying production. “Don’t pull away,” War sings to conclude the track amidst buzzing guitars and synths. “The Difference” hits hard.

The track comes from John War’s debut album Fantasy, streaming below. Noting the track as being inspired by J Dilla, Rostam, Jai Paul and Balearic house, “The Difference” builds upon the artist’s well-received “The Difference (demo),” keeping all that demo’s bones while expanding the overall arsenal.

“The Difference” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Electronic.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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