"Springtime Forever EP" consists of 4 tracks dating from 1998 to the present, each representing a joyful season of the artist's heart.
Beginning with the Roule-indebted "Summer Song '98" - coursing with searing strings, flanging hooks and a loose house beat, this instantly transports the listener to a better time; before fear, surveillance and narcissism really grabbed hold of our society (Dave's just informed by that there was plenty of narcissism in the late 90s... but hey ho - ed).
"Better The..." is a highly musical number, with interplay between various synthesized elements, a stomping house beat and some brilliant keyboard solos. It has that getting-towards-the-end-of-the-session exuberance that you need when the DJ's only got a few records left to play and should find itself soundtracking a thousand 'lights-on' moments across clubland.
"No One Has 2 Know" sees an authentic NY house banger rolled out with aplomb. Complete with vocal, pumpin houz beats and tight synth stabs it's a no brainer for any main room or festival crowd.
"Blisstonia Babies" completes the set with another high end show boater; rich piano chords paired with lavish synthlines, trilling keys and arm-raising strings; an absolutely stonking house anthem with spine-tingling musicality and fathoms-wide smiles throughout. Nothing has embodied the feel good spirit of house music as much as this track this year! Massive.
As always, Ivo Kiusalaas has provided the label art.
On "Sour Grapes", Books showcases his deft touch and effortless way with samples, instruments, and the house music mindset. A conga-driven deep house burner with just the right amount of shake, rattle and roll.
"Taking Care Of Business" sees soul and disco inflections deposited onto another frenetic house groove; reminding me of that classic GAMM, Kolor LTD or Local Talk sound.
Laurence Guy, raised by Chi-town strippers and Prince records, works the title track into a warm, fizzy, broken beat mellower, with red-hued keys, powerful bass and organic perc; it perfectly fits that late afternoon, early evening vibe when excitement and tension are slowly building up to a massive climax of emotion.
Finally, Books give us one more OG - "The Spice Must Flow", which finds the producer conjuring up more atypical perc lines to power the meandering Rhodes and gentle strings. A lovely ending to this soul drenched house EP definitely recommended if you like the warmer and funkier end of the spectrum.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLP Info: LP comes in deluxe embossed gatefold sleeve.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Continuing his artistic evolution, HNNY leaves the bumpin' NY House of his early days in the rear-view mirror to treat us to a dreamy and delicate set of mellow electronica. 'Ta Paus' is a home listening gem.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Casino Times bringing a classy, restrained but undeniably space-aligned theme to the dance. Four tracks that smother the listener in a luscious synthetic blanket.
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