Moodymann has a fresh release on KDJ, photo credit: Facebook
We’re midway through April and still everyone’s wearing coats. By now, the BBQ should have been stoked at least once, but instead the rain won’t go away. While you gaze out the window and long for warmer climes, make sure the soundtrack is on point by checking out this week’s best releases.
Moodymann - Pitch Black City Reunion on KDJ
Big news: the one and only Moodymann has a new album on the way this summer. Before it lands we’re teased with this two tracker, which deals in the sort of steamy and sensual house the Detroit badboy is best known for. Romantic saxophones, jazzed up Rhodes chords and a perfectly dishevelled arrangement all add up to nearly nine minutes of live music that sounds—you imagine—exactly like time spent in the company of the man himself.
Akufen - I Love to Wiggle on Telharmonic Texture
Akufen was busy defining minimal and micro house before most of us were out of short trousers. And the Canadian is still on form nearly two decades later: ‘I Love to Wiggle’ off his latest EP is a silky symphony of dancing keys, squelchy bass and wet cymbals that permeate your very being and force you to, well, wiggle. It’s luscious, complex music made to sound effortlessly groovy.
Q.A.S.B. – Never Did I Stop Loving You on Soul Garden
Q.A.S.B. is a Japanese funk and soul band whose music oozes the sorts of grooves and feelings that immediately take you bak to the 1970s. This reissue of their 2014 standout blends big horns with ramshackle drums to ska-tinged and booty shaking effect. A golden vocal up top finishes things off and proves that modern music can still recapture those authentic feelings we often only associate with long gone eras.
Pedro Goya - Protocol (Terence Terry Remix) on Pedro Goya
Portuguese artist Pedro Goya has been around a decade now, but this month he branches out with his own new label. The choice cut on EP 001 is actually a remix by the new and little known name of Terrence: Terry. On the evidence of his remix of ‘Protocol’ he is a student of Detroit house and techno, because it’s a liquid cut with bumping drums and soft sci-fi synths that Nicholas Lutz or Binh would likely love. Certainly one to look out for.
Thomas Rooge - RJam on Gosu
Thomas Rooge is a new name claiming to be a long time talent from Michigan. Whether that’s true or not—if it isn’t, shame on him for trading on the reputation—his tunes bang. ‘RJam’ is the one here thanks to its drilling bass and clipped, upright kicks, which land with both funk and force. Straddling the divide between deep house and techno, it’s what proper, muscular and physical tech house should sound like.
Floorplan - Tell You No Lie on M Plant
Floorplan is the alias where Detroit’s minimal and techno innovator Robert Hood brings his love of god to the table. Huge gospel vocals ring out on ‘Tell You No Lie’ and immediately get you on your toes and ready to worship at his altar. The loopy drums are simple but effective as they shuffle along at a fair lick. With only a few filters and bass kills tweaking things throughout, it’s a beautifully big and uplifting way to unite even the most athiest of clubs.
Lerosa - Bruised on Saft
Ireland’s Lerosa has always been a classy operator with a discography to match. The underrated producer’s latest on Saft features a new batch of innovative and astral deep house cuts. The standout is ‘Bruised’, which has an old school feel thanks to the corrugated bassline, but deft studio tricks means it’s far from an exercise in nostalgia. The energy of the bass and scurrying acid line is offset with thoughtful keys and golden chords, and the interplay between the two is what keeps drawing you in over and over.
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