2015 Dec 14     
2 Bit Thugs

The Parisian producer relocated to Berlin at the start of the year, and the city's influence can clearly be heard on his sophomore album

French producer Jeremy Herpe, AKA From Karaoke To Stardom, has been releasing music for over a decade now. His first artist album, Undo Redo Weirdo, came out on Mo's Ferry sub-label Rrygular back in 2007, and now in 2015 another Mo's Ferry sub-label, Fenou, is home to the follow-up.

The artist biog accompanying the promo informs us that he moved to Berlin this year, but to be honest if they didn't tell you that you could probably guess anyway. Like the best of that city's musical output, Little Voodoo Dolls is hard to put in any one genre pigeonhole, mixing up influences from deep house, dub techno, progressive house and minimal.

The album begins with the piano interlude that is Little Voodoo Doll itself and builds slowly from there. Severes Babylones is the kind of uber-deep, late-night tackle that'll appeal to house and techno lovers alike, while a more surging, prog-tinged feel characterises Libera Me Domine. Bone Silence is a glitchier, minimal-leaning cut, before another interlude, the synthy Little Voodoo Doll 2, kicks off the second half of the album, wherein the BPMs pick up a little and the progressive influences come further to the fore.

But as stated previously, trying to unpick the tangle of influences that have gone into making Little Voodoo Dolls is a fool's errand. Better to simply enjoy it for what it is: a finely-crafted 72 minutes of music that will suit anyone who likes their house and techno on the more thoughtful side.

Release date: 14 December 2015


Review Score: 8




Tags: deep house, deep techno, dub techno, minimal, progressive house, From Karaoke To Stardom, Mo's Ferry, Fenou