Repress 2017 - Travelling both space and time with his constructions. Alphonse Rozel makes a welcome return on Emotional Especial after the Same For Me EP released last year. The incisive hit of the disco beat on -Smokey- is hard to ignore. while the booming toms and African chant lines feed into a perfect slice of dancefloor dynamite from an unspecified era. Meanwhile The Pilotwings take to the track with glee. whipping out some crisp breaks to drop over the proceedings in a pleasingly early 90s manner. -Glint AM- is quite the foil to the A side. leaning on some uplifting synth chords to provide the magic around the crafty drum programming!
Now back, but still keeping to the shadows, with more sound system shaking cuts via the afro leaning Smokey and breaks pump of Glint AM. Smokey is a true heir to a unique British take on House. Congas, bongos, kick, dub bass lines and chants riding twisted fx - a true Warriors Dance.
Next Glint AM takes things back. Skipping hats atop an 808 throb before Detroit inspired strings and Akai vocals await a Mayday bass to lift hands and hearts. This is no pastiche but born of life's love and experience, of misty mornings, standing on beaten up trucks, arms a lot, higher and higher.
Time then to hand remixing duties to rising brothers from other mothers. The Pilotwings retake of Smokey shows a crew at the height of their powers, stripping the beats back to allow time and space to ascend - letting it all float away. Things are closed by "one to watch" DJ Normal 4. An old head at heart, member of Cologne's Aiwo Records and name to check, his deeper take on Glint AM includes a nod to the atmospherics of Biosphere and Leiner while keeping things, always, always, always...looking to the future.
With support from Gerd Jansen, Dauwd, Zalton (Antinote) and Kim Ann Foxmann.
(added: 2016-09-07 16:04:17 )