Aleqs Notal and 1977 come good on a split EP for Rex Club resident Molly's RDV label
Only the third release here from French label RDV, which is owned and run by Rex Club resident Molly.
The EP features four tracks, two apiece from fellow Parisian Aleqs Notal and 1977. Notal is up first with Sweet Rotation, a lilting deep house groove characterised by intricate, delicate percussion, lingering chords and, later on, some sweeping strings, all of which add up to an understated, mellow groove in which the DNA of both Chicago and (to a lesser extent) Detroit is clearly audible. That's followed by Hands On, also by Notal. Again, intricate percussion and sparingly applied melodic elements are the main story here, albeit in this case the drums have a slightly Afro feel while a bubbling bassline also takes prominence.
Flip it over and you'll find 1977's two contributions. Vodoom opens with natural-sounding percussion and layers of crackling noise, before moody, broody synths arrive to lend some tension and vague air of menace, while finally there's Jdlf, a sparse, slo-mo affair with chords that don't stop and some space-y analogue bleeps.
If you like deep house music that veers slightly towards the leftfield/abstract side, you'll dig this EP for sure.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 April
Review Score: 8