Boomkat Product Review:
Epic 100 minute full-spectrum sprawl from Parisian label Promesses with an all-exclusive tracklisting featuring a broad range of talented weirdos including Slikback, Bearcat, Clara!, Oï les Ox, Brodinski, DJ Elmoe, Ronce and many many more, panning from screwed shoegaze wooze to dayglo dancefloor styles and flipped jungle - trust it’s a lot.
Squaring up longtime label fam beside a ruck of new names, Promesses Vol.2 casts its net over the space between contemporary club music and its experimental peripheries, checking for influence from mutations of prevailing Afro-Latin energies as much as screwball hyper footwork-jungle-IDM, and shapeshifting styles that don’t have a name yet.
Aye there’s a lot to get thru, ranging from the super crafty, diffracted arps and metric fucckery of Oï les Ox on ‘La Maj’ and the icy ricochet of Ronce in ‘My Anger has Roots’, thru to ace spots of shoegaze by eydn, Belgian reggaeton fiend Clara! links with tera Octe on the squirmy bump of ‘Monstrous’ and label regular Apulati Bien can be relied upon for the slippery dembow minimalism of ‘Uso Chulo’ beside more up-for-it variant by Sassyggirl produced by Plvybxy. Slikback slays in duo with Sebastian Forrester on a sweltering congo tekno dancehall tip, and Elmoe chips in a proper vintage-sounding footwork gem in ‘O Mey’.
All over the place, and really f good.