Already the centrepiece of Steve Bug’s Fabric 37 comp, A-side ‘Lux Dementia’ is one of those tracks that just stands out. Opening as pleasantly brooding minimal/tech/whatever, the tune at first seems too shy to get your heart rate up…but then – bam! – suddenly a piano riff arrives – the most crystal clear you’ve heard in ages – and you realize you’re dancing to a winner. But there’s more: Lesser producers would be content to just to leave it at that and cruise-control until fade out, but Afrilounge are know what they're doing: the piano reveals itself to be a sample, subtly filtering, reversing and sweeping techno-style to maintain momentum until the close. Jeez, deep house must be back – who would have thought the freshest sound of 2007 would be a piano?
B-side ‘Gêne’ is inevitably a more modest affair, but well suited for long, long mornings, with warm Valhalla synths that will especially stop clubbers from thinking about heading home.
I'm sorry, Afrilounge, for forgetting about you!
Wed / 21 Nov 2007
A Lux Dementia