Dejusa: Buy the Numbers
By Liz Barry
Dejusa entranced me when I came across them on the first limited compilation release from Tardus Music two years ago. Since then, the Tardus collective has kept a low profile, but with the first full length from Dejusa, and also Nelson trio Minuit, it looks like Tardus are set to establish their name firmly in the public domain. Dejusa began two years ago as the studio-based project of Andrew Vaughan and Matt Miham, widely influenced electronic production which soon grew into a band. Drawing inspiration from the dub/breakbeat/downbeat end of the electronic spectrum as well as utilising the beautiful vocals of Deb Toko, Dejusa have set themselves the task of balancing an album filled with the sequenced nature of early creations and the live energy of a full band. The result is a wonderful testament to their year-long effort. The listener is guided through tracks like the alt radio-successful 3/33 Humanise and Here Comes the 50 to the melancholic Space Babies and Affbeat, through to the fierce Evac (which features Paradigm's Damian Vaughn on vocals). An excellent, very enjoyable album.