NYC mainstay DFA makes an unexpected move towards Berlin's MNMLscene, emerging with a winner. ndf is the duo of Bruno Ponsato and Sergio Giorgini. For the title track, they start with a nostalgic synth vamp, moving to imbue the dreamy atmosphere with space and melancholy. This is accomplished through claps, "around the edges" snare, and a sleepy spoken/sung vocal predicting a future run-in with a former lover. Heavy remix, with Villalobos exposing kaleidoscopic threads in the already hypnotic original. He turns the original vocal into a chorus of detuned ghosts while pulling the beat apart.
Detroit doesn't sleep, apparently. Omar S makes a speedy return to 12" mode after the awesome Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself LP. If you enjoy the non sequitur vocal samples scattered throughout Omar's catalog this is the one for you. Don't Let This Be Happening starts with one of these samples, but quickly jumps into lush synthesis. On the standout title track, the vocal samples start to make more sense. Like Altman, Omar S builds a sense of place with voices from the neighborhood. As those voices talk, the crack bassline and drums do the walking.
Manic Soweto funk from Tshetsha Boys (previously heard stealing the show on the Shangaan Electro comp). On the title track, a maze of 180 bpm rhythms is tempered at by a placid chorus but eventually ramps things up with rhythmic shouting and a well-timed key change. The b-side adds carnival organ into the mix. Like juke/footwork, this is dance music for amazing dancers.
Johannes Auvinen keeps the quality high on his second release this month. Swarm utilizes an expansive, loping acid line not unlike those featured on Neo Neo Acid, eventually stripping the melody away to reveal a banging techno pulse. Hack's breakbeat techno influence takes the outré tendencies one further, introducing unruly digital noise in the break.
Alex Willner's fourth album is a wizened return to the sound which catapulted him to notoriety. Willner retains the sample trickery of Looping State of Mind, but abandons the band format. As stated, Black Sea is an update on From Here We Go Sublime's "Over the Ice". Approaching the unadulterated bliss of that track with hindsight's wisdom, Willner reins the trancelike chords in at the track's conclusion, leaving an dark bassline and female vocal sample hovering between fear and excitement. No no uses only lonely, effected footsteps as percussion, and the dirgelike track would fit well on the Tri Angle roster. Closer 20 Seconds of Affection would be the envy among any number of modern drone merchants. As the album concludes, Willner introduces magisterial organ and then yanks everything but a wordless voice for a dramatic ending
Sven returns with his second full-length effort, a varied work aiming for more adventurous dancefloors without alienating the dubbed-out home listener. The sequencing and Weisemann's clever vocal samples are crucial. Weisemann eases things in with Inner Motion - a largely ambient track which evokes the exquisite loneliness of Luomo's Vocalcity. Elsewhere, Weisemann turns in spacious dub tracks that will please fans of Deepchord. He ends on a balearic note - strings soar over bongos, shakers and sweet guitar.
Big reissue from the masterful Detroit dj/producer. Two of these (updated) tracks emanate from the stone cold classic Tribute to Ken Collier 12". Your Love IS Detroit House. The best thing Disclosure has done for dance music is play it in their dj sets.
Moods and Grooves
Detroit mainstay Moods & Grooves continues to unearth catalog classics for modern audiences. G. Flame and Mr. G's Pulsez is subtractive sample house of the highest order. A half bar loop is filtered for late night tension. Demarkus Lewis is next with two deep house gems. Needless works an addictive bassline/piano progression adding classic DX7 sax and vibes. Perfect!
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