Let's Play House is kicking the new year off with its own Times Square ball drop: Francis Inferno Orchestra's three-track solo EP, Hezbolla. The wonky, off-kilter, eccentric package manages to be two disparate and often contradictory things at once: a guaranteed chaotic, debaucherous barn-burner and a deep, heady epic journey.
The title track is just as violent and nasty as its name might imply, but it's underscored by the sort of lightheartedness and good humor that FIO is known for. The first five minutes are a jumble of distorted, fuzzy kicks, toms, and bouncy bongos that all magically coalesce into a euphoria buttressed by bright horn samples, chopped-up vocals, and a groovy bass riff. When it finally sputters out, it's hard to believe all of ten minutes just flew by.
The flip starts with “Vibrations,” a saccharine, buttery disco-tinged cut that's all glitz and glam, a hypnotizing cocktail of sublime, sparkling melodies and glistening keys. Bookending the 12” is “Hezbobongo,” a sort of bonus beats rendering of the A1, thrown in to keep the party chugging along and offer DJs some fun toys to fiddle around with in the booth.
Hezbolla will be followed by a second EP on LPH WHITE featuring two remixes of the title track and another original.
Published: 12th December 2013