Groove scientist Shenoda returns to the Hypercolour fold after impressive previous outings, this time with his four track EP, On & On. Where much deep house can get lost in its own depths, Laurie Shenoda – who also includes Fear of Flying in his discography – never looses sight of the point of all this… to get people dancing.
A1 ‘On & On’ is testament to that. It’s a driving kick-clap combo with warm sub belches propping up a sexy “movin on” female vocal coo above. Firm and functional, it also has plenty of infectious qualities that will have you humming it well after the last drop. A2 ‘The Question’ is less streamlined in its canter from left to right, with the drums a little more untethered and springy synth notes peeling off at various unbalancing intervals. Almost techno in gravitas, it’s a thoroughly effective house cut that bristles with cool and confidence.
The no nonsense business continues on the flip, ‘Chasing Clouds’. Again the continuous, deep-channelled groove is established early on, only to be coloured with sombre chords, shadowy vocal shards and plenty of background detail to keep things real and human sounding. Final cut ‘Who we are’ is the only one here to hold something in reserve: it’s a little more doleful and introspective than the other three, but the polished pads, silky beats and tribal chunkiness still remains.
Pacey yet effortless, there’s little friction in the buffed beats of Shenoda. Though irresistible in their own right, it’s his deft vocal embellishments and the cool, utterly modern sonic character of his sounds that really make these joints sing.
Less is definitely more when it comes to some artists and Hypercolour/Fear of Flying artist Laurie Shenoda is a good example of a producer who doesn’t hurry what he does.