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Alex Israel continues his impressive label-hopping endeavours with the Wichetty Dreams EP for Seattle imprint Night Gallery, brandishing four tracks that perhaps demonstrate the Chicago resident at his most confident and diverse. Lead track "She Is So Nice" is all about contrasting yet complementing elements; the sparse attention to rhythmic detail allows the sumptuous Rhodes the space to sink in while Israel's own spoken word delivery battles for audibility amongst the cavernous low end - this latter duel only serves to demonstrate the richness in texture of the production. The title track follows, slowly eeking out a thick analogue groove that operates at a tempo which reveals his rarely seen penchant for hip-hop while the glacial production that surrounds it joins the dots with Chicago House. On the B Side, the title to "Giant Otter" demonstrates Israel has lost none of his humour while anyone who sunk into his excellent Creme Organization EP from earlier this year will revel in the music itself - a delightful concoction of tight, snapping hats, wistfully melodic synths and powerful bass manipulation. The only possible criticism aimed at final track "Tocelo" is its relative shortness!
Jane Fitz (Invisible Menders), Nick P Warren, Ben Boe (Boe Recordings), Ka§par, Curt J, Per Bojsen-Moller, Marcelo Tavares(Deep Space Podcast), Astral T (Astral Love Affair), Joe Drive, Teshno, Anaxander
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