As Frits Wentink, Steve Mensink has maintained a quirky house sound for Triphouse Rotterdam, Wolf Music Recordings and others. It was music with personality, packaged in humorous track titles and delivered squarely with a tongue in its cheek. From the outside it could all be perceived as a bit of a joke (albeit a clever one) which Mensink is fully running with now that he's holding the reins. The music being what it is—deliberately "wrong" house—I can't help but feel like there's something subversive going on. And I like it. Horses In Cornfield is Mensink's second release for the label and it's wobbling home drunk from the same party as SAN2.
The bass is squidgy, the pace is swinging and there's a whiff of wonky soul in the air on "Horses In Cornfield" and "Man At Parade." "Girls In Matching Bathing Suits" is a modern ballad that's been stretched over booming kicks and played back through a gramophone to wear it out a bit. "Bouquet At Rest" uses this same aged-record motif, only now we've got a deep house track with some heavy-handed filtering that sounds more rooted in hip-hop, with its choppy cut 'n' paste style. Overall, Horses In Cornfield is a hands-out-the-pockets move you have to applaud.