Boomkat Product Review:
Nu wave NYC house cornerstone AceMo finds the sugary sweet spot between Dilla, Masters at Work and Omar S with this deep, slippery collection of club trax.
Back in 2019, AceMo bottled the essence of a fresh wave of creativity in New York City with "All My Life". The young producer had been a staple of the underground circuit for a while at that point, and showed off his versatility with a slew of tracks that hovered around the deep house mode, but couldn't be constrained to one genre in particular. "All My Life 2" is the sequel, collecting tracks produced between 2016 and 2019 to remind us of a pre-COVID era when Brooklyn's influential techno and house community was setting the creative pulse. It's still there, simmering away and AceMo exemplifies that spirit.
Kicking off with 'Celestial Nights' we're immediately pulled into the back room swing, with tape-dubbed drums and the kind of organ bassline you'd expect to hear on a Masters at Work track. Ace's fusion is so joyful - we're sure we can hear kosmische riffs on those ascending synths - that it's hard not to feel lulled into the groove. 'New Daft Punk' is another highlight, with clacking lo-bitrate claps and snares alternating for maximum snap, but our fave moments come at the end as Ace goes in deep, with the Newworldaquarium-esque 'Yellow Leaf' and 'Phone Tag', that features his sister Yunie Mojica on sax and vocals.