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Chatter EP
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Chatter EP (12")
Cat: FINA 017. Rel: 19 Jan 15
Deep House
  1. Chatter
  2. Astronomer
  3. Operator
  4. Operator (Monty Luke mix)
Review: Growing up in Metro-Detroit, and having recently played on the 'Made in Detroit' stage at this year's Movement Festival, you'd have a fair idea of what to expect from Appian. Indeed, the influence of the Motor City's signature sound on much of the burgeoning talent's output is unmistakable. Yet Appian's forthcoming release 'Chatter EP' on FINA Records is a testament to his varied and experimental production style; a distinctive sound borne out of inspirations as varied as funk, experimental electronica, disco, "80s stuff", early house, and Aphex Twin.

First up, Appian takes funk staples into the deep house realm with dexterity and class with the EP's title track. The strong and rhythmic electric bass and Hammond organ-esque chords simply ooze a feel good funk and lock you in from the get go. The foregrounded filtered cymbals give the snappy 4/4 beat a jazzy twist and help drive this unquestionably contagious, warm and upbeat groove forward. All in all, an organic and energised house jam, fit for all kinds of shoulder shrugging, finger clicking, side stepping goodness.

The suitably titled 'Astronomer' meanwhile is light years away from the lead track in terms of its vibe. Feel good, perhaps, however the long drawn out, and warped synths hypnotise from the offset whilst the sporadic and gently melodic chords soften the mood, evoking feelings of weightlessness and calm. The gradual layering of experimental blends of beats and analogue bleeps transport to infinite plains, slowly building in momentum to a kind of warped, futuristic crescendo. An equally well crafted composition but definitely suited to star gazing than shoulder shrugging.

On the flip side, Appian mixes it up again. 'Operator' shares many of the same abstract characteristics as 'Astronomer' but the introduction of industrial stabs and more robotic analogues over a back drop of an extended synth, makes it an experimental take on a more classic, raw Detroit sound.

Last up and unsurprisingly, Planet E's legendary Monty Luke showcases his freethinking and flamboyant production prowess with a bad ass reworking of 'Operator'. He cleverly complements the original's synths by added another leading loop which, along with the staccatoed beats and crisp high-hats on the off, step up Appian's offering a gear or two. By bringing the backdrop more to the fore and piling on percussion and atmospheric blasts he achieves a frenzied fusion of sounds that is sure to bring a palpable energy to the dance floor.

A classy EP from some of Detroit's finest emerging and established talent. Worth chatting about.
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Praise EP
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Praise EP (12")
Cat: FINA 025. Rel: 14 Jul 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Praise
  2. Peace Of Mind
  3. Demon Avenue
Tyranny Of Fun EP
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Tyranny Of Fun EP (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: FINA 018. Rel: 06 Apr 15
Deep House
  1. The Skin Horse
  2. Cupboard Of Love
  3. Honey
Review: FINA Records presents 'Tyranny of Fun', the debut EP from Slow Learner. The coining of the new alias 'Slow Learner', marks a new chapter and musical direction for an already established artist who is by no means new to the game. Preferring to start afresh and steer clear from associations, the somewhat reclusive figure from the South Coast is now focused instead on allowing his new output to speak solely for itself. And his debut release under his new pseudonym achieves just that. 'Tyranny of Fun' is an accomplished sonic offering that reveals a versatile sound characterized by original combinations of samples, depth and range. The EPs opener, 'The Skin Horse' is surely one for the after afters - a dark and off kilter growler of a track whose prevailing bassline and waltz time beat provide a brooding backdrop and relentless rolling nod to its intricate fusion of dissident chords, dusty synths and jazz stabs. On the flip side, an unpredictable 'Cupboard Love' starts muted and deep but soon surprises, opening out into a warm and progressive feel-good groove. Mixing things up again, Slow Learner impulsively cuts up the flow 4 minutes in with a funk-filled refrain, leaving the track dancing in and around dirtier disco territories. Last up, a made for vinyl 'Honey' goes deeper still; a delectably crafted down tempo offering whose syrupy vocals stir and evocative cross-rhythm synths, coupled with the vintage analogue percussion, ooze an unmistakable old 90's deep house sound.

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Alelle Fu
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Alelle Fu (12")
Cat: FINA 016. Rel: 14 Jul 14
Deep House
  1. Alelle Fu
  2. Olsen Mosaik
  3. Savant
  4. Straff Afo
Review: FINA Records returns with its sixteenth release this June, this time coming from German duo Tarron Trekka who offer up a four-track self-titled EP. Both Daniel Muller-Sachs and Andreas Kriester have been releasing material via the likes of Freude Am Tamzen, Brut! and Milnor Modern as Tarron Trekka since the late 2000's, and here find themselves snapped up for a single on the illustrious FINA imprint. "Alelle Fu" is some of the most joyfully strange house music we've heard in a while, it's copious filtering making the whole thing sound like a tightly coiled spring. The remaining three tracks are much more traditional, but offer the kind of late night deepness that will keep any basement dancefloor grooving into the small hours.
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