Boomkat Product Review:
Detroit’s Kyle Hall lets his soul flow free and stylish on a cracking 2nd LP cultivated thru his homegrown Wild Oats label. Worry not for the future of beatdown or hi-tek funk ‘cos this lad’s got your back.
Eight tracks wide, cut over 3 x 12”s, From Joy is a sterling exercise in nourishing your roots whilst coolly flirting with the future. Like Floating Points, he takes on a sound much his senior via an array of vintage hardware and contemporary production techniques but, where FP fell short on letting a sense of soul into his machines, Hall’s cuts are oozing the stuff with loose and tactile effect comparable with vibes from Theo, Kenny or Rick.
From initial listens we can point to a few standout moments between the swooning, double bass-lead stepper Wake Up And Dip, in the achingly smooth and slick swing of Feel Us More, or in the gritty, zig-zagging swagger of Inverse Algebraic and, mercifully, we can also assure you that there’s little fat in between.
Ultimately it’s one of the 313’s strongest albums for a while, a shining example of how to extract depth and nuanced emotion in the house idiom.