It's been three years since Kelley Polar unleashed his second album, the superb space-pop opus I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling. Here Environ's eccentric viola master turned galactic pop maestro joins forces with two other vocalists for more bubbling analogue-and-strings fun. "I'm Not What You Want" is typical Polar, with the stylish vocals of Junior Boys front man Jeremy Greenspan lighting up a pleasing fusion of darting analogue synths and razor-sharp viola motifs. Emilia Logik joins in the action on "Nocturne", a joyously stripped-back duet that recalls previous Polar classic "Entropy Reigns". As accomplished and far-sighted as usual.
A new digital release is as good an excuse as any for a reappraisal of the glorious sound of Metro Area. With the first four EPs taking a lot of the limelight for comprising the MA album, 5 and 6 in the 12" series are well-deserving of a second outing. As with all their output, Messrs Geist and Jesrani craft immaculate, warm and heartfelt disco-house nuggets devoid of any of the negative association that genre tag might imply. "Nerves" is a masterclass in uplifting but sorrowful strings, while "Proton Candy" is all quirky Italo flavour. "Honey Circuit" meanwhile sports a punchier electro strut, and "Things Fall" shows the modern contingent how to really do analogue deep house.
Given the runaway crossover success of the (utterly superb) Storm Queen debut "Look Right Through", it was inevitable that producer Morgan Geist and vocalist Damon C Scott would try and repeat the trick. This follow-up single treads similar ground to its illustrious predecessor, lacing Scott's evocative vocals over Geist's delightful vintage house grooves (which, of course, come blessed with the Metro Area man's usual 808 disco sheen). It's a touch deeper than the super-hooky "Look Right Through", but that's no bad thing. While it's unlikely to scale the heights of its predecessor, "It Goes On" is still an excellent record. The dub, in particular, is spot on.
As our speakers remain to reverberate from "Look Right Through" almost two years after its release, Morgan Geist and Damon Scott's Storm Queen continues its disco assault with typical understated decadence. Just like their previous works, Scott's voice cuts through the mix with deep, crisp authority and genuine soul while Geist's deft analogue synth mastery paints a groove that singes through the last few decades of disco and house. Make no mistakes, this is already causing so many hands to raise on dancefloors, deodorant sales have increased in certain clubbing destinations by over 4000%
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