Bob van Balen on 29/10/12
Move Power EP
Dallas based DJ and producer Brett Johnson pops up on North America’s Visionquest' label with a warming, deep house release that’s easy to fit into a techno or house set. This Visionquest release - on top of his 'future house DJ mix' for DJ Mag in July and a wide range of other releases that came before that - holds further evidence that the future is bright for this ever-expanding talent.
Collaborating with vocalist Andrew Lewis aka Elipsis, the A-side holds ‘Move Power’ kicking straight into proceedings with a arm analogue drum pattern, before the vocal drops in; Robert Owens-esque in tone and delivery, the haunting, yearning tones give a tang of sentiment atop of acidic filtered bass and bleeping, scattered melodies. Harmonization of the vocals, beats and melodies make this a tight, surefire cut for the club.
The dub version awaits on the flip, albeit without the vocal hooks (useful for the DJ to double with the vocal version and play with as a tool) before hitting in with punchy, percussive led track Furtherer, ditching the deepness in favour of some rolling, tech-house stomp. Intricate percussion, mind bending vocal sample usage topped with fx and every now and then, some un-identifiable synthesizer bleeps make this tune fit for peaking in the late club hours. Overall the package serves up more trademark fodder from the ever expanding VQ camp (woozy vocals and toughened, bottom heavy sounds), one that straddles a fine balance between home listening, club dancing or anywhere you see fit.
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