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28 Feb 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Space Ranger
06 Sep 11
Review: Flynn delivers two different but equally compelling interpretations of the tribal house sound on Argentina. The title track adopts the more conventional approach; it is powered by a surging bassline and features an insistent disco filter yet other elements, like the sample of a cheering crowd, mark it out as different to the glut of rolling club tracks. Flynn gets more inventive on "Tiger Square". Loose drums dominate the arrangement, while stuttering vocal samples, jazzy stabs and claps that ignore rigid quantization make it sound compelling. On the evidence of this release, Flynn is pushing an established sound into new directions.
11 Sep 12
Review: Tom Flynn's third release on Claude Von Stroke's label is worth acquiring because it features one of the most remarkable house tracks of 2012. First of all, a few words about the title track. If deep, melodic house, built on understated beats, chirpy vocal samples and subtle filtered builds is your thing, then this is for you. However, it quickly becomes obvious that it's "Wild Flowers" that will get more attention. Moving from hazy textures and understated beats, it changes midway through with snare drums crashing in on the arrangement. Just when the listener thought that the track couldn't get any more intense, Flynn lets loose with a screeching air raid siren that will level any club.
13 May 13
Review: Back in 2010, Tom Flynn was named as Pete Tong's "breakthrough producer" of the year. Since then, he's gone on to release on Mobilee, Hypercolour and Dirtybird. Here he pops up with an EP of robust, hypnotic deep house for 8 Bit. There's a warmth and fluidity present throughout the four tracks, with retro-futurist basslines and pads catching the ear. "Everything I Am" is suitably loose and wide-eyed, while the tougher "Shelter" sounds like a '90s New York house remake of Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams". "Loose Your Mind", meanwhile, feels thicker and more rigid, whilst retaining just the right amount of looseness.
15 Oct 12
14 May 12
Review: Tom Flynn injects some imagination and wide-eyed energy into the tool house form. "Suzy Swap Meet" is a rolling, insistent rhythm with acres of drive and funk thanks to its rolling snares and chiming chords. "Truth Hurts" is less conventional as a time-stretched funk bassline and ghostly, dissected vocals are brought together for an intoxicating dance. "Tokyo Rising" is an entirely different proposition, with a stripped back groove leading into a ravey breakdown. But the best example of Flynn's ability to twist new shapes out of existing forms is audible on the title track, where a warm bass and spine-tingling chords support infectious vocal hooks.
07 Aug 12
Review: White Drum is proof that some producers are still capable of squeezing new shapes and sounds from minimal house. The title track is based on rolling drums and a shuffling rhythm, while Tom Flynn's trancey hooks set it apart from the slew of hiccupping grooves. "You & Me" is darker and more tripped out, with a surging bassline providing the basis for a repetitive vocal sample that veers its way in and out of the arrangement. "Stunning" has a more slinky, stripped back groove, but that doesn't deter Flynn from deploying discordant riffs, eerie synths and an acidic bass, while "Warm Keys" sees him evoke the spirit of mid-90s deep house as evocative chords build in the backrgound and a soulful vocal sample soars its way through the arrangement.
28 Jan 13
Review: On Work it Out, the long-running Berlin label shows why it has stayed on top of its game for so long. "Equaliser" is a breathy, tracky groove, its indistinct vocal samples ideal for those moments when the night starts to embrace the grey dawn. The title track is based on a similar premise, with a vocal sample building up through the arrangement, but the trancey chord sequence lends it a musical edge. There are other musical moments on Work it Out - Tom's Vibe remix of "Equaliser" has some evocative bass tones - and Flynn also shows himself to be adept at making party music with the electro funk bass, squelchy acid and soulful vocal sample on "Seven Days".
11 Apr 11