Oriol: Night And Day [ZIQ275]
Reviewed by unknown Source: (Viny Zilla)
About once a year MGMT release an album in which is crowned “the one” to listen to during the summer. Well not this year: enter Oriol.
“‘Night and Day’ connects the dots between his musical tastes, from the 70’s fusion and experimentation of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder to the lush house of Theo Parrish, Larry Heard and Recloose, into drum and bass and dubstep, he rewires these influences into something that’s totally exuberant and fresh, a soulful fantasy, indebted to older musical styles but still sounding bang up to date, surpassing any niggles you might have that this isn’t just seriously good music.
The album opens with ‘Joy FM’, mixing moog melodies with warm early Detroit techno. The next track ‘Spiral’ builds vox chords against diva vocals and rich talk box harmonies, while ‘Memories’ works up a nervous melody with staccato chords. ‘Jam’ lets things roll out with a loose musicality, irresistible early 80’s soul stylings and big moog synth. ‘The Process’ works broken beats under Philip Glass-like chords and funky keyboards, while ‘Flux’ crosses warm arpeggios with disco beats. ‘Night And Day’ captures the ambience of a party at sunrise at a Tropical destination, bittersweet and beautiful, followed by ‘Fantasy for N’ where beatless layers of electronics create a dreamy mood. ‘LW’ is a graceful mix of Jeff Mills techno energy and stringy disco, while ‘5 Bars’ finishes the album with tough beats and chords mixing it up with ambient atmosphere.”
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