Boomkat Product Review:
The shining stars of NYC's techno nu wave, AceMo and MoMA Ready form like Voltron yet again for a dancefloor-ready commentary on the past, present and future of club music. Jungle, footwork, hard techno, jazz, and electro elements are whipped together with a frothy, joyful spirit that's aerated with boundless creativity and funk.
There have likely been few moments in our lifetimes where the future has seemed both so distant and so close. As some nation states claim the COVID-19 threat is coming to an end, others are threatened with collapse in the midst of rising death tolls. In the USA, a new government hasn't solved systemic inequality, and high profile legal wins haven't stopped racist police violence. The prospect of a future is still controversial, but AceMo and MoMA Ready haven't given up hope yet.
The duo's debut album "A New Dawn" came out in January last year and pointed to the breathless enthusiasm and optimism they had about their music. At a time when the rallying cry "Make Techno Black Again" was beginning to turn heads, their album promised a new era of innovation and futurist thinking. A few short months later however, and the club scene's fragile architecture collapsed. "A Future" speaks directly to this in the only way AceMo and MoMA Ready know, by fighting the current sweep of depression, anger, anxiety and isolation with exuberant self-expression and longing for more.
Their music sounds as charged as ever, a genre-free expression of Black dancefloor innovation. It's blessed with the free ranging no-holds-barred experimentation of early Carl Craig (think 69's game changing first EPs "4 Jazz Funk Classics" and "Sound On Sound" or Paperclip People's "The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich") and the dancefloor punch of DJ Rashad, but simultaneously sounds fresh and decidedly now. The air of wheezing melancholy that runs through tracks like 'Mycelium Dance' and 'Forest Bounce' reflects an era of uncertainty, while hi-NRG belters 'Renegade Seance' and 'Titan' feel like they're bursting to break free of quarantine.
Elsewhere, both artists' love of jazz shines through on downtempo slow burners 'Time Woven Space' and the exceptional closing title track. "A Future" is a record that captures the era's complex web of emotion but refuses to be trapped in it. Instead, it shines as a beacon of hope from two of New York City's most tireless creative minds.