Damon Vallero is a talented producer, which makes the keta-minimal by numbers of ‘Compound’ so disappointing. Thankfully, he compensates with the hypnotic dub of ‘Rotational’ and the noisy stepping rhythms of ‘Multypli’.
Macho acid-disco sleaze from Siren — the new project helmed by Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani and Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane. ‘Gauntlet’ pays an authentic homage to the more daring sound of the Skatt Bros/Boystown Gang and whole subcultural movement attributed to this. Includes an energetic remix from Ray Mang and a solid percussion section from Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato.
This one’s a biggie. A low, intense bass sits below the track like a strong-but-mellow shot of expresso, giving the track a smooth and brooding kick of energy. The layers of vocal create an angelic chorale, lifting the whole track to a state of new style liquid. A graceful balance of dark and light decorate the classic Amen, bringing the track into the masterpiece area. The entire EP is nothing short of stunning.
Nancy Whang’s cover of Dennis Parker’s ‘Like An Eagle’ featured on this page a while ago. It’s now time for the full compliment of covers to be released in this tribute to the Casablanca disco stable. Bonar Bradberry, Etienne de Crecy and The Revenge all hop onboard, but despite the weight of the co-producers' names it’s a bit of a limp affair with no real musical weight to get excited by. Shame.