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New York's MoMA Ready clears out his archive with "Body 22", a lengthy set of dancefloor stings written between 2013 and 2022.
In the last few years, MoMA Ready has been somewhere near the front of the New York's rejuvenated dance scene. You don't have to look far to find him on lineups across the globe, and don't have to dig too deeply to stumble over one of many releases he's stamped his mark on, from his work with AceMo as AceMoMA, to the music on his lifestyle and music label Haus of Altr. 'Body 22' is billed as the end of a chapter, and collects up some of the unreleased work the artist also known as Wyatt D. Stevens has collected since 2013. It's all good too - anyone who's enjoyed Stevens' previous releases will find something here that tickles the same pleasure centers.
Early on it's the deeper-than-deep house fuzz of 'I Want You To Be Free (Night Time Dub)' that gets us weak at the knees. Stevens is undoubtedly inspired by the early days of the genre, but his addition of more contemporary elements wakes it out of nostalgia. Then there's almost unclassifiable floor fillers like 'Gut Check', a rolling collision of dissociated vamps that seems as if it's gluing the 'Percolator' scrape to a late-'80s rave vocal. There's almost too much here to go into detail over: 'Rupture Science' is breaks-y spoken word weirdness, 'Sugar Rush' is Chicago-inspired vintage house sparkle, and 'Beauty in Trust' updates liquid drum 'n bass for the Brooklyn set..