2015 Top 10s & 20s
Roomful Of Teeth

David Arend
Artificial Intelligence
Nimrod Borenstein
Randal Collier-Ford
Julien Demoulin
Denki Udon
R. Nathaniel Dett
Dwiki Dharmawan
Yair Etziony
Marina Fages
Francesco Di Fiore
Flowers for Bodysnatchers
From the Mouth of the Sun
Markus Guentner
Momenta Quartet
Music Komite
North Atlantic Explorers
Prequel Tapes
Alessandro Stella
Swarm Intelligence
Robert Scott Thompson
Trigg & Gusset
Aino Tytti
Andy Vaz
We Mythical Kings
Sebastian Zangar

Compilations / Mixes / Remixes / Reissues
Dub Phizix
Stacey Pullen
A Simple Procedure
Tour De Traum X

EPs / Cassettes / DVDs / Mini-Albums / Singles
Big Phone
Great Panoptique Winter
Mute Forest
Thee Koukouvaya
Joshua Van Tassel

Andy Vaz: House Warming
Yore Records

The third full-length album from Yore founder Andy Vaz comes with the fabulous title House Warming, but the title's meaning signifies beyond the surface level: its music, quite literally, is as straight-up, old-school, and deep as house music gets, and it's invitingly warm and soulful, too; stated otherwise, no one will mistake House Warming for chilly underground techno. Produced entirely using analogue synths and the Roland series (from the 808, 909, 505, and 606 to the original 303) and featuring a few vocal guest spots, the material might be Vaz's most immediately accessible to date (without being either pandering or cloying), and whilst it might have roots in Detroit and Chicago, it uses the music of the past as a galvanizing force of inspiration.

The album grooves from the get-go, with the trippy scene-setter “House Warming (Intro)” kicking things into gear with computerized voice accents and a wiry, drum machine-styled pulse. The music deepens after that light-footed prelude when Eva Soul emotes in “Nobody” over the kind of slinky backdrop at which Vaz excels, and the extended jam grows ever funkier when he folds generous helpings of percussive detail—hi-hats, congas, and the like—into the mix. Vaz mixes it up thereafter with percolating workouts that are acidy (“Oppidum Ubiorum”) and dizzying (“Want U Back”) by turn, with a conspicuously large sampling of the former.

Throughout the nine-track set (issued in double-vinyl and digital formats), bubbly synthesizer motifs and ear-candy of various kinds (voice samples, shimmering strings, piano sprinklings, bluesy guitar riffs) appear alongside throbbing beats, making for a high-spirited collection that can certainly be appreciated on listening grounds but whose true home is the club. Vaz brings decades of experience to the project and impresses in the way he shapes the various elements into heady dancefloor jams, and much as he's done before, he honours the past by promoting an always personal vision that in this instance is lazer-focused.

December 2015