Boomkat Product Review:
Larry Heard’s ultra-classique Chicago house and acid evergreens bloom again on the first reissue in years, including timeless deep house templates remastered for posterity.
Now of a 33 year vintage, ‘Amnesia’ (1989) is Larry Heard’s eternal blueprint for jazz-taught machine music. During its time the dozen tracks have exerted inestimable influence over generations of producers who’ve imitated Heard’s silky but gritty flow on the buttons, yet none have better his variegation within a theme.
Between the pill-belly warmth of the chords and thrumming square bass to ‘Can You Feel It’ and ‘Mystery of Love’, to the mind-bending psychojak of ‘Washing Machine’ and ‘Mystery of Love’, it throws down classic tackle at every turn. There’s the brooding might and soaring vamps of ‘Beyond the Clouds’, iridescent Italo inspirations on ‘Stars’, masterclasses in tracky tekkerz in ‘Slam Dance’ and ‘Waterfall’, and sinuous warehouse jazz in ‘Amnesia’ and ‘Let’s Dance All Night’, all sealed with faithful remastering to sound as effortlessly enchanting as intended.