Almost exactly two years since the release of his Well Spent Youth album, Isolee returns to DJ Koze's Pampa Records with a much-awaited EP. Despite his considerable absence, Allowance still very much adheres to the German producer's trademark overtly emotive style.
The title track is the real gem here. Framed around a heartbreakingly melodic core, it features a distressing, beautiful synth line intertwining with, and reflected in, the bass. If "Allowance" is a sonic outpour of emotion, then "You Can Do Your Memories" is more discreet, with a grainy curtain of fragile chords and lightly-trodden kicks. On "Wobble," a stocky framework of well-rounded kicks supports a layer of agile interaction between a despondent two-tone synth and a set of more ragged, electrified lines. This rolling result sees Isolee at his most animated, and yet you get the impression that this is as far as he will ever stray from his winning melancholic formula.
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Tracklist: Isolee - Allowance EP A Allowance
B1 You Could Do Your Memories