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Oscar Wedren makes his first sizeable Alt Alfie statement post-divorce from Mr Top Hat on this album of snug lovers-tech for Studio Barnhus.
There was a time when Art Alfie was inseparable from Mr Top Hat, the pair delivering an endless supply of oddball tools n’ grooves on their Karvolak for ‘Deep House’ DJs who felt they had a radical streak. It seems the eccentrically-named pair have gone their separate ways however.
After a few solo outings on various compilations last year – the ‘Scando Swords II’ on Northern Electronics being the most notable – Art Alfie joins the Barnhus fray for his debut album. Forever a label welcoming of the producer with tongue lodged in cheek, Wedren’s style of emotion-dappled and ever so techy-laced house fits snugly alongside the faux trop-haus of Baba Stiltz and the Barnhus overseers.
Don’t expect any grand artistic statements on ‘Reveries Of,’ rather a collection of smartly produced boompty haus and leftfield deviations, with only the ill-advised dub house skank of Greggs Island emitting a bad odour.