For the second installment of On the Prowl X―another offshoot of the parent imprint―label honcos Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault have dug up an exciting newcomer to the world of house music: Epithet.
The 12” kicks off with “Bluenote,” a moody, deep groove that smoothly creeps up in a swirl of maraca shakes, snaps, and sensual vocals. The second a-side cut, “Lightpipe,” is a funkier affair, the throbbing, underscoring beat sounding lopsided, disoriented―definitely a hypnotic, late-night burner that will linger in your ear long after the strobes and smoke machines have been powered down. The flip features a remix of “Bluenote” by the Finnish mainstay Roberto Rodriguez, who’s had recent success on 20/20 Vision’s sublabel, Fina. Rodriguez deftly adds a few more bells and whistles to the original―a marimba here, a fidgety synth there―to inject the jam with a fresh take on classic New York/New Jersey house. Together, the three songs ooze into one another as though they’re each different sections of a single continuous piece, and represent the latest OTP aural sucker punch.
Published: 1st December 2011