2015 may be inching towards its end but the supply of great music is not. This week is a particularly exciting one, as my personal favorite track for the year was finally unleashed to the public after months of anticipation.
Innervisions label founders Dixon and Âme have struck gold with Laolu’s remix of “Too Much Information”, a song originally performed by British-Nigerian musician Dele Sosimi. Utilizing a unique vocal sample and smooth bassline, the track creates a mesmerizing progression that provides further evidence of Innervisions’ ability to produce truly special music. Given that the genre has seen an influx of songs with a limited vision of what constitutes “deep” house, often recycling similar synths and chord progressions, “Too Much Information” is a refreshing and unexpected home run that will assuredly raid the speakers of homes and clubs alike. If only one could listen to a song for the first time again:
Gardens of God, a rising star of Maceo Plex’s label Ellum, shoots for a harder sound than that of his previous work with “Montana.” Much like the previously covered SevenDoors’ “Movement of Whale”, “Montana” saves its ultimate punch for its breakdown and buildup. Though done at the expense of standalone appeal, the track does have greater potential in a set or live performance. Maceo Plex used it to great effect in some of his more recent shows, demonstrating that location and timing can significantly influence a listeners’ experience and potentially breathe new life into a track. “Are We?” is an example of some of Gardens of God’s older material, sporting a more gradual and nuanced sound that demands a listen from start to finish.
Relatively lesser known label Steyoyoke has built quite the repertoire of ambient music, and its release of Soul Button’s “Wraith” is an especially solid addition that’s both eerie and mellow. Vocals can often be an extraneous component of a song, but Soul Button completes the package by sparingly using Terry Grant’s voice in dramatic fashion.