Parts Manager 2 takes the baton smoothly from its predecessor, finding more room to explore in each track. Rich string stabs, light piano, double bass and saxophone mingle elegantly on "Gravitas (Smooth Part)," which, despites its spacious mixdown and soulful melodies, feels both heartfelt and a little aloof. Grooves invites you closer on "Bittersweet (Stripped Part)," a beatless funk weepie performed in one take on a Rhodes-y Yamaha S90, with Ian Finkelstein on bass.
Grooves' gentle emotional pleas surface regularly. Each one is convincing, but "? (Consistent Part)" might be the most persuasive, perhaps because you don't see it coming. It begins with MK-style organ stabs, regal strings and an itchy bass pattern—the sort of generously proportioned Detroit house record you'd expect of Alton Miller. But just when you think the track's going to plateau, Grooves switches the drum pattern and out comes a keyboard harmony of plaintive depth.