Fast making a name for himself after a brace of EP's for Border Community and Output (RIP), Luke Abbott continues to dazzle with these four new gems of futuristic, motorik tech-house on the Allez Allez imprint Amazing Sounds. The title track is simply stunning - a two-chord wonder of spacey and gliding synths anchored by minimal kicks and claps. "One Hundred & Thirteen" is just as heart-tuggingly beautiful, while "Present" ups the tempo to around 150bpm and rides a brilliant glitchy-melody. The moody drones of 'Schmitt Swell' rounds things off nicely and makes for a vital and highly impressive EP from Abbott.
Dan Snaith has always been a brilliant producer capable of sidestepping conventions, as his work under the Caribou and Manitoba guises demonstrates. In recent times, he's shifted emphasis towards more clubby (but admittedly still thrillingly inventive) dancefloor shapes under the Daphni guise. This new single for Amazing Sounds is one of Snaith's best Daphni compositions yet, an achingly evocative chunk of crackly techno built on his trademark loose, organic drums, droning kraut melodies and autumnal atmospherics. The accompanying Margot remix is excellent, too, all off-kilter rhythms, midnight piano and warped bleep melodies. Highly recommended.
Technicolour writer and producer Dan Deacon is possibly one of the most unique sounding musicians in the world. A credible and unpretentious exponent of avant-garde pop, he dazzles both on record and at live shows, where Deacon typically performs amongst the crowd armed with a table full of gadgets and pedals, as well as a mic. Anyone yet to be exposed to his sound would get the vibe from hearing "Woof Woof", which features layers of manipulated and pitch-shifted vocals, a slowly rising Farfisa organ and drums that build and stack on top of each other to create a joyous orgy of sounds by the end. Remixes from Hudson Mohawke, Allez Allez and Luke Abbott make this an unmissable EP.
Reigning in the wildness somewhat is a mix by golden boy Hudson Mohawk, who turns in a mix that's strangely conventional for him. Not that that's a bad thing at all, his take on Woof Woof is a gem - full of twisted loops of acoustic guitar, wildly pitched-up vocals and live drums. London duo Allez Allez are also let loose on the opening track of Deacon's Bromst album, Build Voice, and create a powerful and epic nu-italo backing for it - with some impressively heavy synth work making it instantly loveable. A stalwart on James Holden's Border Community label, Luke Abbott takes on Surprise Stefani to round off the EP, and stays true to Deacon's fondness for elegantly building a song continuously to a huge climax. Fans of Deacon's will love this remix package, and hopefully it'll widen his appeal among dance music fans even more.