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Michoacan

Knights Are Cold EP

If you've paid close attention to the more experimental, esoteric and playful end of the modern disco spectrum, you should be well acquainted with California's Michoacan, a nu-disco survivor with previous outings on DFA and Eskimo. Here he joins the Imogen ranks with a two track 12" somehow managing to marry about 6,000 ideas. 

On the A-side, "Knights Are Cold" sees the producer infuse a mid tempo disco groove with all sorts of bleeps and blorps, shaping hooky melodies and gentle hints at Afrobeat into a summer-ready slice of pop eccentricity. "Be Side Me" on the other hand makes maximum use of both low end and flexatone to take us on a mournful cosmic disco journey. 


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Playful, breezy but bursting with ideas, these two tracks from Michoacan marry disco grooves with wonky electronics and pop sensibilities, guaranteeing smiles all round. File next to Metronomy at his most funky, Naytronix and Sinkane.

Ilja Rudman gives birth to 'Essential Dynamics' which is also offered in many forms on this 12". The original is a disco pop tune with a bit a heavy electronic feel. A gentle acid line acompanies the soothing vocals and an ominous bassline. 
 
Fred Everything ups the ante a bit and makes the beat more housey and dancefloor centered. He also throws in a great synth key that gives the track the oomph that perhaps is lacking on the original. This is the one for papuso here. 
 
Kai Alce goes Moodymannesque on his revision creating a groovy, intimate journey with the vocals and sytnths the focus of attention. This is a house tune ladies and gents. 
 
Ashley Beedle brings some exoticism and organic feel to the track as he always does. He exctracts the funk that was always there and brings it to the forefront. Killer bassline there for you. 
 
Decent package of remixes that elevates the status of the original. One to look out for. 
 
'Tour' is the one for me. This one is deep with a solidly formed 4/4 beat and those tribalesque beats and sounds permeating through the track as it evolves. 
 
'Seize Sept' is that track that wants but cannot. Asyncopated beat and a powerful groove welcome a bad boy bassline that can cause serious damage in any club with a decent crowd. This one is one to pay attention to. A true sleeper. 
 
So there you have it, another Whities, another hit in my books. Get it as this label sells out pretty fast. 


STAFF COMMENTS

says: Pretty good compendium of remixes of the highest order on this Ilja Rudman 12". Fred Everything and Kai Alce fit perfectly in any house mix.


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