The Far From The Tree EP
Scissor & Thread
I love music that sounds like this: moody, with a touch of melancholy and low-slung to the point of distraction. If that fits your bill then the New York duo’s breathy sequence of haunting instrumentation and restrained, yet tantalising vocals is just for you. The arrangements are unhurried and thoroughly captivating with the maximum emotion wrenched from each of the uncomplicated sounds such as on the hypnotic title track. Although, it’s not all quite like that as the much punchier Interloper goes to prove. But then again, the following Stealing Fire sets a first rate vocal delivery against a sea of guitar and occasional pulsating kicks to superb effect, suggesting the key to the EP’s many subtle strengths. The gorgeous and obviously apt Winters Song ends on a thoughtful syncopation which I only wish would have been the completion of a long playing album instead.
release: September 23
Renato RatierÂ featuring Pillow Talk
The second time I played this I fell under its spell. Of course the mere fact that Pillow Talk add their distinctive voices to the punchy array of beats, beats and funky keys only confirms the invitation. However, that’s not to take away from this inventive collection of notes and riffs which keep you engaged throughout the listen. So keeping the theme Brazilian is Dubshape who’s entrancing and deeper version blends cool, organ sounds together with swirling ambience to only heighten the impact of the vocals. Next is Sweet Home with moodier Rhodes and infectious drums providing a tasteful backdrop, once again, to Pillow Talk’s smouldering words. The release comes before an album so looking forward to hearing that too.
release: September 21
Four new tracks form this latest from the associated Black Booby stable. Opening with Loose and almost nine minutes of blissful House Music that gets Deep (without the usual cliques) proving itself to be a sure-fire way of getting your attention. This simmers with tension via its smoky chords and drums alongside emotive vocals snippets and shimmering synths. Alternatively, Keep On gets nasty with relentless beats and bubbling Acid undertones testing out your endurance just like it used to. While, Never Knew returns to deeper climbs as hesitant percussion offsets atmospheric pads and classic Chicago styled vibes perfectly. Last the sleazier, excellent Acid infused T.T.T teases you until the very end.