Body Fusion Records
TBR: August 2nd
Bobby Analog is back with a brand new batch of classic house movers. All the way from Belfast on the Emerald Isle, this producer and label boss is always ready and prepared for bringing on the dance. With influences ranging from Italo to Chicago, this EP is mixed with a double edge and a handle of melodic synthesiser sound experimentation. Earlier this year, Body Fusion made another milestone when they published an EP by an outside artist. Berlin's Long Island Sound really matched the ethos of the music label and Bobby was only too happy to offer the two Irish ex-pats a slot.
It starts with a track called Portal 1501. The synths wallow in on abstract cloud fluffs while a rampant synthesis of cymbal and kick provide a neat and minimal tempo. As extra layers fondle with the intro, and find comfy places to rest, a new element surges forward as the snare is let loose. A characteristic rhythm of tampered drum strikes provides a new dimension to the track. Great dancing fodder, the music takes on another face when new pan-pipe style synths begin to chuff and blow in happy melodics. These too change places with other sounds, uniquely blended and made to fit the jigsaw with accuracy.
A sinking feeling washes over as the second track begins. It's a good thing, don't worry. The synth voice feels like we're underwater and the light is refracting all around us. A progressive drum intro brings it forward and illuminates the sonic space. Whistle blows like a referee at a sports game cast shrill glimmers across the top canopy of sound. Then, a wandering bass with thick feet breaks open the fence and begins to churn up the pattern. Memory Sequence bristles with moving parts, each one bringing on a sense of forward dancing energy.
Next is Dreamer. This one opens on a funky bass-line. Slapped and plucked notes swell in a walk of the chord progression on four strings. Then, a juicy tone piano arrives to strike more chords, still shimmering on the funky scale. Drums roll in, stylish beats reverberate on twilling motifs before a vocal holler brings the heat up to the next level. A persistent and clear drum-line is added to the mix, culminating in an amplifying pressure between the other established parts. Repetitive melody works a treat to produce a hypnotic swirl of dance intention while the drums evolve and progress in gradual frolics of frenzied break.
Finally, we're hit with a mix of drum, synth, and low down bass. The last track starts slow, with a definitive rhythm and a swelling undercurrent that pushes with each bar. It moves on, a wood and tube mix in the bass-line gives a fluttering edge that leaps in playful tones. Synths bring in ambient flow in droning melody that feels like 90s nostalgia. Maybe someone is going to do a rap to this one day. You'll need to ask permission I'd assume. A funky beat penetrates the dreamscope to keep us focussed on the dance-floor. Energizer isn't a banging tune but it's got a progressive energy that keeps us going. Each bar seems to sit on the last, bringing us higher as the record turns around.
This is a great chilled record, full of energy that doesn't want to get in your way. Let it play, let it move you if you want to move, or just sit and absorb the ingenious use of loops and analogue synthesiser.
You can get in touch with Bobby Analog on Soundcloud
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