Jetfire Prime – Summerzeer (2020)

Jetfire Prime is an electronic music producer from the UK. His latest release, entitled “Summerzeer” marks a departure from the a traditional Synthwave stylings found on his previous release “The Beginning of the End” (2019). The EP opens with a sound similar to the THX “Deep Note,” which is a synthesized crescendo that glissandos from a relatively narrow frequency spread (200-400hz approximately) to a higher frequency. I have to admit, it’s a neat way to introduce a song which also adds a cinematic effect to the feel of this release.

“Summerzeer” is an odd little EP. After spinning it half a dozen times, I felt like it could be separated into two categories:

1. Songs that are Synthwave leaning. These songs are “Moon Lite,” ”Top Down,” “Go Fletch,” and “We Love to Loop.”

2. Songs that are more electronic art pop, (similar to Kraftwerk’s “Electric Cafe” or perhaps And One’s “Bodypop”). These songs include “Sundae Daydream,” and “Ping Pong.”

Of the two types, I much prefer the electronic art pop songs. Despite the brevity of the artpop side of the EP, I think Jetfire Prime challenges himself with a sound that I hope he explores fully in the near future. “Sundae Daydream” and “Ping Pong” are fun, easy to dance to (I tested this), and undoubtedly electronic. The Synthwave half of “Summerzeer” has a more cinematic feel, and sounds very similar to something you might hear in a buddy cop film—especially the slow hazy groove of “Moon Lite.”

Overall, “Summerzeer” is a fun little mini-album. At twenty-four minutes, it’s a little longer than the average EP. There is a lot to love here in such a short time. And if you’re the dancing type like me, you might really enjoy this one.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Synthwave surfers, Chip-tune lovers, and people who want something fun to dance to.

Stand-out tracks: “Sundae Daydream,” “Ping Pong,” and “We Love to Loop.”

Album Color Profile: #3D5AFE

You can find all things Jetfire Prime at https://jetfireprime.bandcamp.com

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