H.O.S.H.'s productions tend to be deceptively contained, escalating to single climaxes and then yanking the reins as if ashamed of the sudden bursts of emotion. "No One," a collaboration with extraterrestrial siren Malonda, treads similar ground as last year's Life Is Music Is Life EP, which featured the half-lidded, exhausted meditation on heartbreak "What Do You Want Me to Say." On "No One," she is assertive and pulsing with life, murmuring about a dominant lover over squiggly synths and flowing waves of bass smeared across acid-house storm clouds. The groove buzzes with spasmodic energy even when the lyrics take a vulnerable turn.
"Woohoo," featuring Norwegian funk jokesters Ost & Kjex, has a sleazy, falsetto chorus that straddles the line between annoying and earworm. A hypnotic, knuckle-cracking bassline vibrates against stadium stomps and a delayed burble of alien silly string that gums up the progression. It's a patient, jangly track, a spirited invitation to the dance floor. Dub versions of both songs are negatively affected by the lack of distinctive vocals but reveal how clean-cut, uplifting and economical H.O.S.H.'s underlying productions are.
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Thu / 11 Oct 2012
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