When L.A. artist Ramona Gonzalez released her first collection of lo-fi lounge music as Nite Jewel in 2008, her eight-track creations made a mark among the avant-pop underground. Her inaugural Good Evening LP generated ample interest in bedroom-disco, with highlights like “Weak for Me” and “What Did He Say?” pegging her aesthetic: 1980s pop filtered through a tin can. Her vibe was charming, but better suited for headphones than a club, and from the beginning her technique suggested she could move beyond the limits of cassette culture.
Nite Jewel’s sound has gradually developed since then, and following a string of releases for boutique labels like Italians Do It Better and Mexican Summer, “One Second of Love” reaches a new level. Whereas her previous recordings were capable only of hinting at Eno-like instrumentals, this song recalls them strongly, offering four minutes of funk-oriented pop with a crisp, galactic feel. Gonzalez’ voice booms over the snappy synth grooves, and a mid-tempo drum beat provides a cool, danceable sway. It could all easily remind you of the Samps, and rightfully so. That group’s member Cole M. Greif-Neill produced and played on the entire record, which comes via Secretly Canadian in March.