Boomkat Product Review:
Fourteen brand new tracks, all previously unreleased, all exclusive, this music is known in Detroit as Beatdown: is it House? is it Techno? Just go Deep. Originally beginning life as a website, where Norm Talley uploaded tunes which presaged the original vibe of detroit music, spanning genres like electronic, jazz, soul and garage. Malik Alston is a newcomer who has recently collaborated with Recloose on his Cardiology album and with Szymanski for the Omoa label. The album opens with his elegant Butterfly, all supple bass, brushed cymbals, virtuoso piano for a jazzual beginning. Alton Miller's Tulum, sits muted jazzwise trumpet and analog synth on a hip hop inflected shuffle. Theo Parrish's thirteen minute Falling Up follows his unique and groundbreaking releases on his own Sound Signature imprint in fine style. Suffice to say, the bass is so deep it defies description, one of the dirtiest, most sultry tunes we've heard in a long time. Fellow Three Chair artist, Rick Wilhite, produces fluctuating frequencies, punctuated by distorted lower register organ and humming guitar. Norm Talley is an assured dj with an encyclopaedic knowledge of dance music, Norm's tracks are the deepest shit, and he truly is one of Detroit's great undiscovered talents. Besides, he is one of the main creative forces behind this splendid compilation. "Exodus" kicks off with skipping drums and horn riff, before grumbling bass, welcoming a lick of a world-wearied Billie Holliday. Mike Clark then delivers a classic groove. The Creeper is just that - huge bassline, bigger bass drum, vamping bass-heavy Hammond organ. Hip shaking bass music of the highest order. Norm Talley follows perfectly with a massive swaggering piece of gospel-inspired music. Ultimate 3am club music. Darren Abrams rounds off disc one with the aptly titled Loose Piano. An assured debut, soulful, deep music, that really kicks. Disc Two opens with the breezy Metropolis by Delano Smith. A hypnotic rhythm accompanied by close-harmony Fender Rhodes creates a light, hazy feeling - like suddenly awaking from a daydream. Eddie Fowlkes follows with Brotherman. His music has never been straight four-four and this is no exception. Strange inverted sounds, the vocal sample clipped just to the point where meaning eludes the listener, a typical Fowlkes move. This hypnotic vibe continues with L.A. WIlliams' Velvet Musac, a 2-step inflected track which sounds like the soundtrack to a perfect moment, poolside, afterhours. The album closes with Dwayne Jensen's My People - a call to Get Ready. A huge post-disco Detroit anthem. With a luscious Designers Republic sleeve to booy .....it's true, believe the hype!