May 1, 2013
Continuing to prove it is a diverse label with two fingers very much on the pulse of House music, fast flourishing label Toy Tonics offers up an excellent EP from young Munich pair Rhode & Brown aka Friedrich Trede and Stephan Michael Braun. To date they have released on respected labels like Needwant and petFood, and here demonstrate a great understanding of House dynamics.
Track one, ‘Under Your Spell’, certainly is alluring, it’s a buoyant and bouncy cut, rippled with MK style, buffed up melodies and loose hi hats. The simple, chopped up vocal of “you got me” fits in perfectly and makes for an even sweeter ride. Next up Local Talk artist Kyodai, also known for their Wagon Cookin’ and Bassfort releases, tackle the remix of ‘Under Your Spell’ roughing up some of the surfaces as well as layering in some more edgy piano stabs and flourishes of jazzy instrumentals.
‘Joyride’ is another clean and crisp wedge of house with polished synth work, simple but effective vocal samples and tight beat programming aimed directly at the floor. Fans of everyone from Bicep to George FitzGerald will appreciate the retro pump in this one.
Finally, ‘Floating Fingers’ is a more introverted and melancholic offering. The kicks still ping and the hi-hats are as shiny and sharp as ever, but an ever present, restless piano phrase tugs at the heartstrings in an inescapable way.
Combing the best of the old school with their own unique vision of the future, Rhode & Brown have a timeless EP on their hands here.
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