Nurvous [sic], Feedasoul and Sengily Recordings regular DJ Merci is a producer on the rise, as this first outing on Iner's excellent Dobro label proves. Rich in jazz-funk-influenced musicality, warming analogue bass, sparkling piano riffs and meticulously programmed drums, it's a vivid and vibrant affair that lingers long in the memory. Our picks of a very strong bunch are the chunky, stab-happy piano house rush of 'Summer Love', the sun-kissed, synth-laden nu-disco warmth of 'Boogie Down' and the drowsy, gently unfurling deep house brilliance of 'Slow Rising'. Jank provides a fine remix of the latter tune, too, pitching it down to 111 BPM while adding rubbery bass guitar, dreamy pads, twinkling piano motifs and eyes-closed vocal samples.
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