I've never been to a Discovery party, but if their fledgling label is anything to go by it seems like a good time. After a West African detour with Analog Players Society's "Coule'Ba," the NYC crew return to breezy 4/4 form with Vincent Brunetto Jr, AKA Catamaran, a local resident whose first EP minces lo-fi New York house with the sunny skies of some imagined disco paradise.
With its wonky synth lines and light jog of a drum pattern, something about "Gymnasium" feels weary, like it's been out in the sun too long. As it develops, though, it borrows Italo's cool midnight glow, with a catchy lead and a doo-wop bassline. "Old Moods" is even more sedate. With a mumbling vocal and some jazzy instrumentation, it looks to the dance floor with half-lidded eyes—perfect for an opening set. Fort Romeau, a Brit whose emotive disco resembles Catamaran's, remixes "Gymnasium." He ups the tempo but does little with the track other than reinforce its low-end. If anything, that's a compliment to Brunetto—it says a lot when a new artist outshines an established producer.
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Tracklist: Catamaran - Gymnasium A1 Gymnasium
A2 Old Moods
B Gymnasium (Fort Romeau Remix)