The always-impressive Argy delivers his second full-length - the first under his familiar moniker - and it's arguably his most impressive body of work yet. The fact that it's on Ibadan gives a clue to its contents; from start to finish, Fundamentals is an album that reverberates to the grooves of 1990s New York (and specifically the trademark sounds of the Shelter and TWILO clubs). There are early Tenaglia-ish organ dubs, string-drenched piano jams, heady vocal excursions, a Kerri Chandler tribute (the wonderful "Dinner At Kerri's") and a very Ibadan-ish piano piece ("Absent Friends") - all accompanied by Argy's trademark high quality production.
Few producers are placed so strategically at the interface between house and techno as Ibadan owner Jerome Sydenham - something that is obvious on "Spray". The title track is a driving club jam, but the bassline has an intangible melancholic feeling, which its evocative filter sweeps augment. "Daphne" is tougher, with tight claps and a rougher bassline providing a superbly weighted unison, while the Brooklyn dub take veers towards the techno end of Sydenham's canon. On that version, the bass is more droning and menacing and evil bleeps lap up against it, while razor sharp, snapping percussion that wouldn't sound out of place on Klockworks provide the killer blow.