Yør, Rave

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[Purple Maze]

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Fresh off the heels of The Please’s debut 12″, Yør’s Rave is the second offering from the new Dutch label Purple Maze. Yør continues the label’s streak of new and unknown producers — he’s apparently German, but that’s about all that can be gleaned from the Internet at the moment. Like its predecessor, Rave comprises a slinky, low-slung house sound, but it’s marked with a consistently darker mood.

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“Rave” builds a downcast atmosphere around slow, heavy kicks and low-down bass. A sullen melody sluggishly twists amid draggy percussive shuffle as twinkling keys dance in the background. The track feels a bit like it’s sleepwalking — dividing attention between the somewhat urgent keys and the weighty, lethargic underbelly, the listener is left dizzily in the middle. “Golden Boy” is more clarified, and though its BPM is equally low, it marches along at a more sprightly clip. Booming dub chords are airily complemented by a puttering tone which pans for the duration. “2712” begins with a solid two minutes of crackly field recordings and eerie Radiophonic-style tones before the kicks finally drop. Some Theo Parrish-style, minor-key somnolence is added as the arrangement progresses, before the whole thing dips back into cloudy industrial steam. Yør may be working with gloomy elements, but his ability to match them with a sense of funk keeps Rave an engaging and very promising debut.

Henderick AKA Thelonious Funk  on January 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Great review Steve. I absolutely agree that this is a very promising released. 2712 certainly has some early reminders of Moodymann. Very unique tune that was one of the highlights of 2011…

D3un  on January 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM

spot on review. enjoying all 3 tracks on this release. interested to hear more from this artist.

adam  on January 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

will be rinsing all three.
top, top work

dino  on February 6, 2012 at 5:21 AM

i see a lot of villalobos’ dexter in that rave, which is nothing less than awesome


Little White Earbuds January Charts 2012 | Little White Earbuds  on February 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

[…] Supersound] 07. Minilogue, “Let Life Dance Through You” [Traum Schallplatten] 08. Yør, “Rave” [Purple Maze] 09. Patrice Scott, “3AM” [Sistrum Recordings] 10. Taron Trekka, […]

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