What needs to be said first and foremost about the new Soulphiction 12-inch is that it was recorded live. Speak to most producers in the field of electronic music and they'll be only too quick to reference the performance approach they take to making music (even if this simply entails bashing away at a sample-loaded MIDI keyboard), but it very rarely translates into an end product that feels as such. Recording here alongside a mystery producer called MK, Michel Baumann AKA Soulphiction triumphantly tiptoes across the precipice of quantization, leaving no doubts that Who To Call—his latest EP release for his own Philpot imprint—is no subject of hyperbole.
Opening with a straightforward kick/keys flirtation, the title track serves immediate notice of the duo's intentions to buffet the acceptable outskirts of rhythm (well, in a club track at least). A neatly executed open-hat plays counterpoint to the piano's meanderings, while a chalky, soul-drenched vocal hook simply ratchets things up a couple of pleasant points. B-side "A Short History Of..." meanwhile, ditches the swing and dims the lights. A rapid-fire tom hit joins hands with the bassline, as a roughed-up guitar sample goes to work on your hips. While the results are less aurally arousing than its predecessor, the slack is picked up through buckets of floor-facing appeal. Aside from Who To Call's perceptible charm's, the release serves as a community-wide lesson in not hitting that "snap" button.
Tracklist: Soulphiction presents Missing Linkx - Who To Call A1 Who To Call
B1 A Short History Of...