Raphael Top-Secret and Nelson Bishop have made scattered appearances prior to their coming together for this latest Antinote 12", Love So High. The former was in fact one half of Mascara DJs with Zaltan, while he has also been known to deliver edits and a whole EP to Macadam Mambo in the past. Bishop meanwhile first appeared back in 2007 with a release on the short-lived Clap Clap label although his credits also stretch to design work for a host of Parisian labels. On this three-track release for Antinote, Top-Secret and Bishop create an infectious blend of plaintive synth lines and simple vocal mantras that get right under the skin. The record definitely sports grooves that one can get down to, but as ever that misty-eyed melancholy makes this more than simple dance music. The title track is especially affecting in this regard with its slow dub balladry. Tip top as usual.
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