TBH when I saw the artist Dugong Jr come up on my Discover Weekly playlist, my immediate thought went right to the adorable water Pokemon, Dewgong. Much to my chagrin, there was no meaningful connection I could find between the artist and animated critter, other than (ready for this segway?) Dewgong lives under the sea and Dugong Jr lives (you guessed it …) down unda’, originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Poor analogies aside, this EP is certified funky fresh. The brilliance of Pleasure Principle comes with its ability to unite a wide range of musical elements - from a backbone of groovy electronic house beats to jazzy R&B melodies to sentimental lo-fi piano riffs. All in all, Dugong Jr produces a cohesive project that delivers a unique funk sound tune after tune.
Bonus Content: There isn’t a ton out there on Dugong Jr but I did find out he is starting to produce his own NFTs (classic 2021) and music videos. Check out the video for “On My Own” which won the Triple J Unearthed video completion in 2020, and make sure to listen to the full project as your album of the day!
Release date: November 13th, 2020
Similar artist(s): Young Franco, Hotel Garuda
Top tracks: Slow It Down, Ghost, On my Own