With this EP the two producers show they're not afraid to go against the grain, says Danny Slade
The multi-talented Mr Siffredi returns to Strictly Rhythm following last year's Wings/1989 (with Rich Vom Dorf) with another eclectic two-tracker that sees him pushing further into neo tech-disco territory, this time in the company of Bristol producer Cansen Yilmaz, AKA Be Like Butter.
First up, unsurprisingly, is A-Side, which features a spoken female vocal over a funky backbeat made up of choppy guitars, a synth sound and backing vocals, all mashed up and led by a soloed organ sound that weaves itself in and out and all around the track, and that's interspersed with vocal 'ahhhs'. It's all sparse yet very danceable to, and is something of a nu-disco gem with some old disco tune or other (or a good impression of one) playing in the background.
B-Side starts with a rhythmic, percussive intro and then brings in an arpeggiated synth riff. But the latter doesn't last for long, and is soon replaced by synth chords that play a haunting melody with an electro bassline, claps and the occasional breathy 'aaah' as the only vocal content. Again the track is sparse yet imaginative, with the chord pattern changing throughout the track and then disappearing completely as we head into the outro.
This is a very distinctive-sounding release, which is a good thing – there are too many tracks around that rehash the same themes over and over, but here's one that isn't afraid to break the mould.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 29 March
Review Score: 8