Out 12th July
The New York house scene gets another boost with this smashing EP from Michael Magnan and Physical Therapy. Together, they create music under the Fatherhood icon. This latest outpouring contains four remarkable tracks with a homely sketched front cover. A sad and disturbed looking child sits at a desk while a grown-up places a cold and uncaring hand on the shoulder. Do big people always know best? Let's listen to the release to see what it sounds like.
It opens with a funky piano rhythm. Keys and chords strike a jolly melody while a drum-beat swells and evolves behind it. Bubbling phonics create a strange human layer across the top as the levels adjust and bring the music to full. Accelerating out of the starting blocks, we're soon on a great journey through bouncy and fun sounds. Tapping drums riffs and heavy dancing snare keep everything at boiling point while exploratory melody searches around for personal space. Healthy Cut has a happy edge with clapping rhythms and major scale flurries on the synths.
Raw Honey starts with an industrial surge of sound. A metallic synth note strikes in insurgent pulses while a tannoy effect radiates from the walls. Fast paced rolling cymbal strikes give an underneath pressure that froths and lifts while the steady and insistent melodics and samples keep evolving and swerving in the flow. Made of many parts, each one shifting and growing, the track builds from foundations of frantic rhythm and odd tangents of musical intent. Dragging echoes and distorted ambience combine with thrusty drums and intense acceleration.
Turning it over for the B sides, the mood shifts immediately. A smooth and juicy bass-line crafts a sleek journey across sloshy cymbals and tappety drums. A raunchy female vocal explains what turns her off in life before a drum-fill brings on an extra layer of rhythm. A clear dance energy pushes through, shimmering tones and effected loops make a mushy yet solid motion towards relaxed movement. A tweeting keyboard chirrups in neat portions of tune before the female voice re-emerges to continue with her story. Green Piece is another fun and sunshine infused number.
Next is an Art Alfie remix of Green Piece. With a strange crunched waveform, a tappy rhythm pushes from the quiet. A strange twisting motorised hum grows in the background as extra sounds grow like crystals from the rhythm. We hear the woman again, this time a small sound-byte is all it takes to kick-start the drums. Volume builds in the layers and the bass and drum loops reach outward into earshot. Relaxed and with a double side of great energetic drums, this version sounds different but can be recognised from its mechanics.
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