Doms & Deykers – Fonts For The People (3024)
Steffi and Martyn deliver a collaboration as Doms and Deykers on Martyn’s 3024 label which is bang on message for the sound of the season. The three tracks of Fonts For The People swing through breakbeat, Deep moody house and chilled electro to deliver a record that is woozy with warmth but not at the expense of a little bit of a proper kick.
We’re getting a lot of tunes these days that take a 90s ravey feel as their starting point, and Fonts For The People itself might seem like more of the same before it morphs into a deadly bit of twisty, acidy house that’ll get your skin nicely crawling with the sensation of being crammed into a disused factory just as the dry ice starts to choke you and the police arrive in force. It’s a sleek belter of a number that’s both eminently listenable and massively danceable. Penny’s Groove summons the spirit of Chez Damier and roughs it up with fat bass and pads so high up you could hang the stars off them. Special mention, though, goes to Tepper which simply flows in the breeze with one of the most laidback hits of electro you’ll hear all year. A lovely, understated and haunting end to a record that came out of nowhere to deliver a hit of the purest house shenanigans that you’ll have heard for a while.
Lando – Stunts (Ultramajik)
I’ll be the first to admit that Lando is a producer with whom I’m not entirely familiar, our one intersection to date being his release on Icee Hot a couple of years back which I only bought because of the kick ass remix of Help Myself by Shake Shakir. It was a pretty good release, however, and I really should have paid a bit more attention to his work since then.
Stunts could so easily be a proper example of big room house if it were not for the fact that almost every tune on it takes pleasure in its weird and off-kilter vibes. As it is only Show Me Tricks dips a little to much of its toe into the waters of convention. The rest of the EP is an excursion into a place where the exploratory is brought together with straighter vibes to create a record of prowling, moody house, where sliced vocals and stark, alien electronics tease out strange atmospheres that never quite allow you to rest in certainty that you know what’s going on. Stunts itself is a subtle builder of slightly discordant stabs and burst steam pipe percussion that swells with sinister motives as the tune goes on. Onwards and Upwards has the darkened feel of a Prince Of Denmark record shorn of its wibbly pretensions and redirected to a dancefloor cloaked in ground mist.
A gloomy record maybe, but it’s one full of strange little touches and oddball energy that’ll get stuck in your head. Although it never quite breaks free from a certain breed of minimal slickness, it definitely pushes its austere toolbox as far out as possible. Unexpected and mischievous, Stunts takes delight in rendering tunes that restore a dose of the freaky darkness that house has been lacking of late. Well worth checking out.