After the last Lessizmore release found San Proper and Maayan Nidam crossing swords for the simmering, jammed-out tones of It Was A Night Like This, now the label turns to another close ally for a slice of discerning, upfront house music.
Louis McGuire lives many different lives in music, from drumming with indie pop outfit Ballet School to playing bass for lo-fi electronica group The Waves & Us. Now though his own solo productions are being noticed in the house and techno world, with this new EP following on from a well-received debut on Supply Records.
The diversity of McGuire’s musical leanings feeds into his distinctive sound, as his own take on stripped down, sensual house music bristles with unconventional energy to make for an unforgettable experience that steps up to the most creative frontiers of dance music. Live drum sounds rattle around the mix free from quantized safety, while the melodic tones come on warm and fuzzy, capturing the hazy romance of a late morning session as much as the early part of the evening. It’s evident that McGuire’s weapon of choice is the MPC, channeling his love of gritty beats in the grand tradition of Point G and J. Dilla. Leading you into the EP, “Falling Upright” is a rough diamond, one of the first tracks McGuire made entirely with the MPC 1000. Saturated, twisted and vibrating, its minimalistic groove and one-take approach unfurls around you, while muffled vocals speak of the depths of the human subconscious.
Meanwhile “Light Hearted” draws upon a key flute sample from the Harrar people of Eastern Ethiopia, which gets duly modulated and filtered into an unhinged expression which defines the character of the track as it collides with hip hop samples in the MPC. McGuire explains that the track was finished, “after a very long session listening to Nicholas Lutz and Alex Picone destroy the Hoppetosse. I wanted my bassline to rape the subwoofer in the same way.”“Óreitha” rounds the EP off in a grand twelve minutes worth of dubbed out deep house perfection. It’s a journal of three years of friendship in music between Warren Andrews (Marvin Hinkel) & Louis McGuire, capitalizing on Hinkel’s film compositions, McGuire’s nimble drum programming, many layers of modular recordings and underwater microphones recording ice breaking on the surface.
released June 3, 2015
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