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.
Review Score: 8