With Reality On the Horizon, Let's Play House continues to prove it's not afraid to push the boundaries of house music while simultaneously broadening the spectrum of talent its roster embodies. The EP features four tracks by two Los Angeles-based outfits who have been around for a few years, primarily as taste-maker DJs—Cosmic Kids and Fingerpaint, a.k.a. Tyler Blake of Classixx.
The record kicks off with the one collaborative composition, “Manteiga.” And, like the S. American butter it's named after, it's a silky smooth jumble of disco samples and whimsical piano riffs, bright and brassy horns, and a bass-heavy melody that evokes the quintessential French house of the 90s. Following the party that “Manteiga” started is Fingerpaint's “Change Yr Mind,” a slightly more somber affair that oozes melancholy from start to finish.
The flip finds Cosmic Kids getting deep and heady while not losing their penchant for cranking out groovy boogies that are impossible to switch off repeat. “Higgs Boson”—which is just as ethereal, spacy, and, yes, cosmic as you would expect a song named after the theoretical particle would be—functions as the duo's exploration of their darker side. “Whisper Softly,” on the other hand, is the closest you'll get to the house version of a 90s R&B ballad of TLC proportions.
It's rare to find someone able to naturally create music that can both pluck every single heart string and get your body moving all night long, but Cosmic Kids and Fingerpaint somehow deliver just that—and knock it out of the park!—on their EP. Blast off to the stars with Reality On the Horizon!
Published: 6th March 2013