How does a producer go about make the acid sound vital again? If you're Canadian artist Rennie Foster and new school house head Dan Shake, then you mix up squelchy 303s and resonating claps with a soaring sax solo, as they do on "Traders". The acid line becomes a low end blip on "Traders II" as Shake's glorious keys and yearning saxophone take centre stage. Foster has commissioned Samuel Session to remix the title track and the 'chord' mix is very much in the Swedish producer's usual style, with a pumping rhythm underscoring surging chord builds. However, on the 'trumpet' version, Session lets the sax squalls take hold and rounding off the release is Myles Serge's remix which has echoes of NWAQ's evergreen deep house track "Trespassers", where hypnotic chimes emerge through dense, filtered textures.
Canadian by birth but Detroit in spirit, Rennie Foster wears his influences openly on Measures. "True Distance" is the most DJ friendly track on offer here, but even its rolling tribal drums are underpinned by a funk bass, playful blips and atmospheric synth lines. Both "Disk of Dusk" and "Saturn's Meaning" are tough, abrasive rhythmic workouts but there too, Foster's sense of melody (and drama) surge to the fore, with spiraling acid and oceanic synths on the former and mystical melodic textures on the latter. Best of all though is the title track, where Foster gives full vent to his compositional capabilities and works an eerie sound scape over rickety drums and a spiky, stop-start rhythm.