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We last heard from UK outfit Vondelpark in 2011, when they released the nyc stuff and nyc bags EP, their second release for R&S. The EP boasted a transportive quality, with gritty, homespun recordings that allowed just enough natural light in to let you feel like you were in the room with them. "Dracula", is the first track released from the recording sessions from their forthcoming debut LP, Seabed, out in the spring of 2013. That rough bedroom sound is replaced with something much more luxurious, with a backdrop that feels weightless as crystalline synths rub against languid guitar.
The production is stuffed with detail, and Lewis Rainsbury's vocals are upfront and much clearer than in previous recordings, his thick baritone serving as an anchor for the surrounding haze. "Dracula" is darkly romantic and almost decadent in such sensual surroundings, proving that they haven't lost the ability to airlift you into a scene you want to be part of.
On the flip 15 year old sensation Happa delivers a superb warped techno remix. With a Four Tet remix and DJ session for Mary Anne Hobbs already under his belt, the future looks bright for Happa.
Published: January 17, 2013