Thursday, 8 April 2010
PRE-ORDER: Pariah – Detroit Falls/Orpheus [R&S] & Fantastic Mr Fox – Brandy /Pariah – Badu [White]
London based producer Pariah’s debut 10” has been in the works for a while now, making its impression felt on all right the airwaves and publications and this release sees him drop his first original artist works to date. After his spaced-out garage re-work of indie darlings The xx and his refix of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Under The Sheets’ we get two opposing slices of his style.
‘Detroit Falls’ twists Motown soul into a lazy hip hop drum structure as he fractures aspects of the original vocal, chopping snatches of it over the piano riff and his bonus spacey bubbling synth melodies. The real highlight is the rolling medative garage displayed on ‘Orpheus’; sitting somewhere between the spectral 2step of Burial and the bumping dance floor styles of Scuba and the soul of FaltyDL - its deep and introspective but with simultaneous flex and and serious hypnotic bass tones.
Pariah’s also set to be popping up in online shopping carts the globe over with his bootleg refix of Erykah Badu’s ‘On & On’ which is getting a white label release on the the back of Fantastic Mr Fox’s remix of Brandy. Both artists make a uniquely off-centre, wistful and melancholy garage-esq take on some R&B big guns in fine style and not only are they fun counterparts to the artist’s original work but they also bring some serious soul to the dance floor.
Words: James Balf