Sunny, functional house music that should suit a range of DJs.
Colm K - KFU(RN)
Do you dig Floating Points? Follow Gilles Peterson? Have a place in your heart for Motor City Drum Ensemble? If you answered yes to any of those, consider spending time with Tiff's Joints. Including this new one from the Irish artist Colm K, the London label is six releases deep, a three-year run that's seen it build a discography in the adventurous, global-facing spirit of those DJs mentioned above. KFU(RN) is actually a return to the label for Colm K, whose Beginnings / Six Four Hundred brought sun-lit, percussive downtempo and bruk-inspired house music to the party last year. Although still on the relatively relaxed end of things, this new one is a different proposition: four house tracks that represent the most floor-focussed drop from Tiff's Joints so far.
It's easy to picture "Lady" being picked up by plenty of different DJs. It bumps at an agreeable 127 BPM. The beats and bassline could seem chilled or pumping depending on the context it's played in. And it features one of those warbling vocal-sample flips that—for better or worse—demands attention. There's a satisfying bounce to "Apart," its tough drums stylishly rubbing against the increasingly tense synth melodies. The title track is a strange one. The heavily processed sample of a guy laughing that you need to be "fucked up to listen to this shit" doesn't feel in keeping with the fairly pedestrian house groove that follows. "Diffraction" is better, a simple roller that packs plenty of late-night atmosphere in the undulation of its pads.
Fri / 3