Saturday, June 08, 2019

Dubonnet - Delroy Edwards (Apron)

Title: Dubonnet
Artist: Delroy Edwards
Label: Apron
Cat Number: APRON037
Genre: House

1: Live And Let Live
2: Fat Dynamics
3: Funny Styles
4: Dubonnet
5: In Orbit
6: How High Is The Moon

Marketed as “six tracks of real honest raw house music”, one is led to wonder what that, like “British values”, actually is? Delroy Edwards who comes from Los Angeles defines it thus: warm, analogue grooves steeped in melancholic dust and primitivism. Of course there’s more to it than that, but it’s a reasonable starting point. Truth be told, these are original, counter intuitively sophisticated soundtracks to quintessentially parallel urban dimensions, drawing on far more than their press release suggests. ‘Live And Let Live’ is a lovely, bittersweet loop composed of artfully conducted keys along which a kick keeps time. ‘Funny Styles’ sounds jazzy and abstracts within an offbeat pervasiveness. I could go on, but I wouldn’t do justice to the wonderful eccentricity of this release.

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