Boomkat Product Review:
Second of a 2-part album salvo by deep house deity Larry Heard, flush with velvety vox and smoking jacket jazz vibes, leaning into more noir-toned beatdown and electro.
Butter smooth but spiced with piquant jazz notes and brooding electro, ‘Around the Sun Pt.2’ reprises Mr. Fingers’ eternal appeal across 10 tracks of effortless, soul-soothing and curious moods & grooves. There are no changes from his signature sound, with Heard trading in a fine spectrum of interrelated shades of House music on a stylistic declension from the sax-touting, fraternal jazz house of ‘We’re Drowning’ to sultry, beatdown electro-jazz in ’Supa Kool’ via slinky turns reminding us of Terre Thaemlitz’ earliest ambient house on ‘Country Rhodes’, and reaching out to cosmic Detroit electro in ‘Forcefield’.
He beautifully draws yr eyes down with the liquid-hipped shimmy to ‘Touch of Love’, and hits the finest downstroke of baroque midi-jazz in ‘Rustling Leaves’ and the subtly sci-fi toned ‘Invisble’, while deepest DJs get theirs in the fragile but insistent electro-disco shuffler ‘The Icy Air of Night’ with its chef’s kiss rimshot tickles.