Andrew Grant and Lomez
Has To Be Love EP
My Favorite Robot Records
The latest offering from My Favorite Robot Records is the definition of a well rounded and moving EP, featuring a collaboration between two distinguished artists and long-time friends. Andrew Grant, resident of the eminent Circoloco and founder of the EDEC and Blau Motif imprints, pairs up with Lomez, a globe trotting DJ in his own right, with a slew of releases on top labels including Little Helpers and Hypercolor (forthcoming). Last year, the duo released the acclaimed "Oshno" on MFR, and are back with a stylistically different, but equally powerful, round two. This EP distinguishes itself with lushness and storytelling. The opening number, "Distant Thunder," sets the stage with a simple lead line, bubbling alongside a solid 4-on-the-floor groove. A muted horn blares beneath the beat, while slowly opening filters create an enchanted introduction. The title track "Has To Be Love" captures the cross-genre nature of MFR, blending disco kits with synth-pop leads and analog warmth. The resounding vocal "It has to be love" is sure to set dance floors on fire, as are the quirky breakdown and catchy melody. Of all the tracks on the EP, this one blends a light-hearted, risk-taking approach, with reliable production quality, arrangement, and sex appeal.
Number three, "Be Free," is my personal pick. It's a lush, slow-dance tune that you can melt into without any coercion. It builds slowly, with a syncopated bassline and mysterious vocal. Every sound is a perfect fit, whether it is a disco lead or warm, enveloping pad. The range demonstrated by these artists is evidenced when listening to the preceding tracks paired with this one. Whether they're producing a dancefloor smash or baby-making groover, the two have succeeded in creating music that is timeless and beautiful. And last but certainly not least, Crosstown Rebels' man-of-the-moment Amirali delivers his re-interpretation of "Has To Be Love." Channeling Dave Gahan, he sings original vocals and slows down the title track to a moody beat, demonstrating his own range as an artist and rounding out the EP fully.
From the opening rumble of Distant Thunder to the closing nostalgia of Amirali, this EP is full of character and quality. Whether you're looking for something to play out, or listen to in a quiet moment, don't hesitate to pick this one up. Look out for more from Grant, Lomez, and Amirali soon!
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