The Devil In Mr Holmes (The Erotic Soul) - (5:41) 122 BPM
I Might Be OK (The Faithful Soul) - (9:12) 119 BPM
Review: Westcoast Goddess's previous two releases this year, both of which were released on Let's Play House, showcased a deliciously colourful, retro-futurist take on house that including nods to some very psychedelic electronic music from the 1990s. Here she transfers to Freerange offshoot Delusions of Grandeur and offers up a trio of tracks that make much greater use of squelchy synths, rush-inducing chords and the kind of positive melodies and instrumental choices that were all the rage in the disco and boogie era. Check first the chunky, sunrise-ready dancefloor bliss of "Step Inline (The Narcotic Soul)", before admiring the piano-laden sweetness of the genuinely smile-inducing "The Devil In Mr Holmes (The Erotic Soul)" and "I Might Be OK (The Faithful Soul)", which tips a wink to mid-'80s NYC garage-house productions.
Review: Westcoast Goddess's previous appearance on Let's Play House is still stuck in our heads months after it was released, so hopes are naturally high for her second EP on the Brooklyn-based imprint. In her now traditional style, opener "Strawberry Infiniti" is wonderfully warm, positive and melodious - a rolling ride through deep and dreamy, sunrise-ready piano house that comes complete with a bassline so tactile you might want to hug it. "Fruity Loop" is another rush-inducing slab of aural dancefloor colour, while "Like A Benediction" is a similarly kaleidoscopic chunk of Balearic boogie cheeriness. As for "Stay On My Mind", it's almost overwhelming giddy in its' smiling, rave-ready sunniness.
Review: Over the last few years, Berlin-based Westcoast Goddess has released some of the most colourful, joyous and life-affirming dancefloor music around. Here the publicity-shy, Berlin-based artist makes her first appearance on Let's Play House with an EP packed to the rafters with memorably bright and breezy, synth-heavy gems. For proof, check the tactile deep house sunniness of opener "The Inner Snoopy", where dreamy chords, huggable riffs and tumbling lead lines dance around a chunky, turn-of-the-90s groove, or the giddy synth-pop/nu-disco/acid house fusion of "Limelight Garden". Elsewhere, Splitradix hook-up "Beach Noir" is a curious and quirky mixture of squelchy acid lines, grandiose sci-fi chords and rushing synth melodies, while "Murder At Passion Cove" is a veritable piano house stomper like none you've heard before.
Review: Instrumental deep house from the soulful/jazzy end of the spectrum is the overall MO on this four-tracker from Berlin's Westcoast Goddess. Opener 'Satisfaction & Clarity' centres around pulsing synth chords and dense strings, 'Soul Out Of Time' is a midtempo affair with tinkling keys shining out over multiple layers of percussion, 'Open Heart' is lighter and airier, marrying Jersey-style organ chords to some fine jazz-funk meanderings on guitar and keys, while finally 'In Search Of Darryl P' comes on like early 80s boogie's darker cousin. The production's a little on the busy side but these are four solid tracks all the same.