Music Review: Various Artists - Extended Family VA [Floorpiece Digital]
- Published on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:33
North Wales-based Floorpiece label has rapidly become a touchstone within the last couple of years, able to embrace both the house, minimal and deep-techy enthusiasts with delicious cuts released both on vinyl and digital among which appear artists such as Michael James, Herck, Lorenzo Chiabotti and Cosmjn to name a few. The imprint's 27th digital instalment sees Floorpiece gathering a conspicuous group of up&coming producers for Extended Family VA, including tracks from Lorik, Alex Dam & Zambiancki, Mike.D, Pinney and Pablo Hdez among others.
The compilation starts with "Cold Shoulder" by Adam Nahalewicz (Recycle) who kicks things off with a compelling Michael James-ish funky roller. The fluttering drums transmit a sense of lightness and airiness, further enhanced by sparks of synths that resemble almost like the chirping of birds.
Italy's fellow Alex Dam & Zambiancki deliver the boldy hi-octane "Distances", a solid groover full of gliding pads surfing over a superb groove and sweet stabs. The overall harsh sound on the drums is powerful and upfront, making of this one a gritty bouncer with a sweet minimal flavour.
Up next, Brasilian Serialism associate Ian R teams up with Allan Blue for "Vostok 3". Spacey synths move shiny on top of an essential tight groove, within which the bassline's pattern is reduced to essentials, rolling flawless and shaking the track from underneath. Kick stomps gently and caresses the drums, in perfect balance.
Gwylim Owen's "Clean Off" comes after, catapulting the audience into a realm of twisted synths, warped sounds and a top-notch joint of pitch-delayed vocals. The darker mood is immediately noticeable and groove minimalistic goes swingy with sharp drums cut through reaching out face directly, slapping hard. The acid-esque bassline is the cherry on the cake and really brings the piece forward while the groove keeps hitting.
Thus, Swiss-based Lorik unleashes the rubbery "Her Thing" which gets straight to your feet. On this one, The Swiss-based DJ and producer relies on skipping closed hats and the jerky snares to set the perfect scenario to a catchy female vocal to shine at is best, also adding an ever-changing synth-line that provides an extra dose of bounciness groove.
Yet after all of this tightness is good to find some fat dubby attitude just around the corner with the entitled "April Afternoon" by 'ManLike'BCoz. The bulbous bass rolls heavy and the drums sound fatter than ever, whilst a classic house stab gives to the piece and instant old school mood from which it is difficult to escape.
Hailing from the beautiful island of Tenerife, Pablo Hdez debuts on the label with the refreshing and soulful "Oval". With smooth pads and delicate plucks are carefully panned in a very atmospheric way, the Spanish talent is able to make room for straightforward drums to shine deep and dubby. A distant vocal makes its appearance on the break giving to the piece a pleasant human touch.
Closing down the release is Wesz with "Technological Process", where classic 90s house organs hold all the piece up, while a rock-solid rhythm section stomps underneath. Drums are essential and thin, allowing the low frequencies to really make a statement. The retro-analogue mood gets more intense every second, clashing with SCI+FI textures and subtle whispers, and making of this one the great closing act of a mighty compilation.
Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi