Dazzling house that has been lighting up dance floors all summer.
As far as Mandar goes, it's also fairly bold. There are two drops, the beat kicking back in as strings reminiscent of Pépé Bradock's "Deep Burnt" hit their climax. The sound design feels somewhere between Bradock and Four Tet, another master of intricacy. The melodies are abstract yet full of feeling, the sound of what could be a xylophone buried underneath snippets of synth, percussion and those strings, seemingly taken from Ziad Rahbani's 1978 track "Mais El Rim." The B-side, "Poisoned Words," is darker, and more functional than jaw-dropping. It's the kind of muscular deep house cut DJs like Cabanne and Sonja Moonear like to spin, so you may have heard it before. This EP has racked up serious club play over the past few months, and you can expect it to get plenty more. This corner of house music doesn't produce many anthems, but "String Theory" might be one of them.