Review: The talent demonstrated on a series of releases for the Freerange imprint by Pezzner is given further room to shine with the producer's debut drop for the 8bit imprint. The title track "Mesh" sets the tone for what to expect, with tough, tribal rhythms and a bumping bassline the core around which Pezzner draws in hypnotic vocal hooks and slick Rhodes flutters, building proceedings up to the inevitable and oh so very effective explosion of the main kick groove! "Introductions" provides a deeper accompaniment, serving up smudged textures of rhythm over a stripped back throb, whilst intermittent vocal yearns which are dipped in glitch add an emotive sheen. Up next, "Circles" splays playful vocal loops over a bouncing house rhythm embellished with more delightful touches of Rhodes whilst Zepp01 finishes off proceedings with a nice bubbling, colourful remix of "Mesh".
Review: Seattle deep house hero Dave Pezzner's career is still going strong, making it big around eight years ago on big imprints of the time such as Neurotraxx and Freerange. Fast forward to now, he's right at home appearing on the imprint of fellow 'best' coasters Dirtybird, who present his new single Hand That Feeds; a deep tribal house journey that's bound to create some proper esoteric moments on a dancefloor near you soon. Second offering "Right Place Right Time" gets a bit more fierce, relying on a stripped yet functional groove with some woozy and tripped out loops on top, that's sure to hypnotise the crowd into submission.
Review: Dave Pezzner has kept a pretty low profile so far throughout his career. Honing his production skills steadily and subtlety, we were given the impression that the Seattle based artist was a relative newcomer to the world of electronic music. Although that is partially true, in that he is proportionally fresh to deep house specifically, he has been producing music for TV, advertising and games for over fifteen years now. He has also been putting out electronic music as Jacob London with Bob Hansen for years. However, The Tracks Are Alive, his fourth overall release for Jimpster's Freerange imprint, is Pezzner's debut LP. The record is in drenched in the wet, soggy and rainy atmospheres of his Seattle home, while moments like Larissa Kapp's sweet and reassuring vocals on "Find Me" and the contented, soulful deep house of "Dewolfe" are perfect examples of his ability to flood a track with colour. We also see some tougher, more club orientated numbers in "The Tracks Are Alive" and "Chiuso Per Ferie" whereas tracks like "Drones", "Tagschlaf" and "Last Call" all explore a thoughtful and emotionally stirring kind of downtempo electronica. A wonderfully rounded LP.
Review: To celebrate ten years of Lazy Days, boss men Fred Everything and Mike Fresco have come up with a novel concept: a series of five EPs containing ten new tracks from ten different artists. This first volume in the series features label regulars Shur I Kan and Pezzner, with the former opening proceedings. "Something In The Air" is one of the sometime Freerange man's best tracks for a while, getting just the right balance between chunky deep house bounce, sweet melodiousness and sweaty, late night goodness. Pezzner takes a different tack on "Thug Rock", delivering all the cut-up thrills of boompty-era Classic releases with all the melodious warmth of contemporary deep house.