Jono Ma & Dreems – Can’t Stop Dreaming (Of You)

Fuzzed-out static sets the scene for the rich coastal jungle texture of “Can’t Stop My Dreaming (Of You)”. A light drizzle coats the lush landscape as the track’s central warbly beat presents itself. Like much of Jono Ma’s work with Australian outfit Jagwar Ma, his newest track, a collaboration with another Aussie ex-patriot, Dreems, is characterized by the continual addition of layers.

There is a warmth to be found here. The twosome seems to have created a home away from home in “Can’t Stop My Dreaming (Of You)”’s moist modulations, and light shimmers out. Warmth is a difficult quality to find in electronically engineered music – a strange, but not confounding, materialization for a genre so often geared toward escapism… running from home doesn’t often lead to one finding another. However, the duo have managed to do just this.


This is familiar terrain for both musicians and listeners. Elements of Jamie xx’s “Gosh” and Caribou’s “Can’t Do Without You” can be found throughout, and even Jagwar Ma’s “Come Save Me” resounds in places, albeit without the psychedelic leanings the band is known for. Nonetheless, Jono Ma & Dreems’ experience with this sound adds another layer to the track’s quality. They have managed to make explorations through a new distant home sound like a road trip up the coast, in this case to Queensland’s northern coastal jungles.

“Can’t Stop My Dreaming (Of You)” is a digital only single released ahead of the duo’s upcoming three-track 12”, The Dreemas, which is due out January 19th via pioneering German techno label Kompakt.

For its rich warmth and homey escapism, we award “Can’t Stop My Dreaming (Of You)” by Jono Ma & Dreems 128 rested morning yawns while stretched out in the back seat of their car.

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