Boomkat Product Review:
Tokyo’s Takuya Matsumoto summon the ghosts of classic Larry Heard and Chi house with rudest impact and finesse on Clone’s true skool series
Harking to the formative golden era of the Windy City dance phenomenon, ’85-88’ puts drum machines, keys, and limited sampler memory banks to devilishly good use in four cuts that mirror the sound’s subtle but critical developments during the late ‘80s. The brute but elegant square bass heave of ’85’ dials it right back to early Mr. Fingers, but with an added bass pressure that’s making our speakers gurn right now, before ’86’ ups the deep jazzy warmth with blushing pads and chords alloyed to a more svelte groove.
’87’ is properly built for the warehouse with reverberant space in the mix and a body-swilling acid line and nagging vox according to the Adonis/Phuture/Larry Heard/Bam Bam playbook, and ’88’ brings up the cowbells and FX in a very classy nod to Lil Louis and Mike Dunn et al.