The inimitable Tim Paris has had his own unique voice in the underground scene of his hometown in Paris for years, with highly influential labels like Items&Things, Kompakt, Pets Recordings and many others coming calling for his work. Also part of It's A Fine Line with Ivan Smagghe and boss of the Marketing Music label, Paris has proved himself an adept producer of dancefloor tracks in the past (and a highly sought after remixer, reworking artists including Silicone Soul, Tiga, and The xx) but for his hotly anticipated debut LP, he takes it to the next level and crafts a over album full of songs.
Dancers features plenty of exciting collaborations with artists from an array of musical backgrounds, including Georg Levin, half of Wahoo with Dixon and a BBE and Sonar Kollektiv associate, Parallel Dance Ensemble's vocalist Coco Solid, Sex Judas - a mysterious but frequent collaborator with Tim, and Ben Shemie from fast rising Canadian band The Suuns as well as Forrest. Together they have crafted a standout album that joins the dots between indie dance, post punk, electro and house music.
Captivating opener 'Golden ratio' sets the tone for the album with plenty of raw guitar licks and live sounding drums. Levin's vocals help the track to soar out of its rugged indie framework before 'Rain' ups the ante once more with some tobacco stained New Wave influences, dubby pads and and kinetic drum work. It's an enthralling start to proceedings that takes you many different places and does so in style.
The excellent 'Outback, Stones and Vinyl' then sets a more downtempo mood helping to ensure there is a coherent narrative throughout. Plenty of analogue machines and real instruments help colour in the slowed track and the result is a slow and mutant indie licked Italo track with a very real hedonistic spirit. Elsewhere tracks like 'Minreich' sound like modern Kraut reworks, whilst 'Extreme Nails' is a more peak time and progressive number that twists and turns for its duration... wherever you look there are musical gems hidden away, all helping to make this record arresting and rewarding experience.
As a listening experience this album is excellent - far more than just a collection of tracks it has suitable peaks and troughs along the way to ensure you really feel like you are going somewhere. Moreover, its not just tempos that change, but style sand genres too, from the indie leaning stuff to the more overtly electronic fair, Dancers is an album that very much sticks to Paris' own unique and hybridised agenda, excelling as a result.
(added: 2013-10-01 14:39:52 )