Jack J
MH007


5.0
classic

Review

by TMobotron USER (27 Reviews)
January 24th, 2015 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More effective than a roaring fire for bringing warmth to your wintry days.

There are few things in the digitized, quantized world of electronic music more refreshing than a relatable human touch. Breaking down the process of the composition is unnecessary – it doesn't matter if a work is created with software synthesis or live instrumentation, so long as the heart and soul of the producer comes through.

On paper, a track like “Looking Forward To You” is a fairly straightforward – almost basic – house tune. Standard percussion arrangement, groovy bassline, repeated synth melodies, and smooth dialogue draped over all of it. There's a special talent in being able to create a dense, complex song with layers upon layers of sounds stacked on top of each other without anything sounding redundant or unnecessary. There's also a special talent in being able to create something relatively bare-bones that works flawlessly without loading the mix full of sound. Even the simplest elements here have been absolutely perfected – from the way the slinking bassline of “Looking Forward to You” seems to hang onto its notes just slightly longer than expected, to the addition of an open hi-hat partway into “Something (On My Mind)” that gives it just a slight edge of momentum that kicks it fully into its tasteful stride.

This is the soundtrack to a perfect breezy summer; days spent on the beach, smiling ear-to-ear. Everything here is so vividly full of warmth and character, but “Something (On My Mind)” deserves special mention for how powerfully evocative it is. Once again punctuated by infectious rhythms from the natural percussion and a soulful bassline, its full potency comes from the smoothness with which the heartwarming melodies ease in and out of the track. The lo-fi synths are captivating on their own, but layering them underneath the softly crooning saxophone makes for such a natural, blissful vibe that demands to be felt as much as heard. It's a song that's at once both disarmingly soothing and undeniably moving – physically and emotionally. It's the best track on the best release of 2014, and it's a perfect record.



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TMobotron
January 24th 2015


7236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A1. Looking Forward To You:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya9v7jIQQ_U

Let
January 24th 2015


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Classy review, everything I've heard off of Mood Hut has been solid. I swear I must have heard this before, but either way I'll revisit it now

WashboardSuds
January 24th 2015


5101 Comments


this is pre coo

p4p
January 24th 2015


1959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ily tmobotron

ShitsofRain
January 24th 2015


8169 Comments


interesting

TMobotron
January 24th 2015


7236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah definitely check it out, there's only 3 tracks and I'm sure you can find them all on YT if nothing else.



ily2 p4p especially since I assume you're the one who added this to the DB.

ShitsofRain
January 24th 2015


8169 Comments


i listen to a lot of house lately so yeah i will

ChoccyPhilly
January 24th 2015


11953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Like an endless elevator ride, but a good one

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ChoccyPhilly
January 24th 2015


11953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just wish the other two tracks were as good as Looking Forward To You

Phlegm
January 24th 2015


7247 Comments


so good fam

Phlegm
January 24th 2015


7247 Comments


like one of the best EPs in years

Phlegm
January 25th 2015


7247 Comments


anyone know where i can buy this digitally?

TMobotron
January 25th 2015


7236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's the 12" only sorry man. Glad you're digging it though.

Eloriaz
January 25th 2015


776 Comments


Fantastic! (both the release and the review)

TMobotron
January 25th 2015


7236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. Love the dig BTW Shits.

ShitsofRain
January 25th 2015


8169 Comments


who doesn't

MotokoKusanagi
January 25th 2015


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

jesus christ i can't stop listening to B side "Something (on my mind)"



i'm talking like 50 scrobbles in last two days

TMobotron
January 25th 2015


7236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm the same way - I could listen to that track forever.

Let
January 25th 2015


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fantastic, dude was born to make house. The bassline on Looking Forward to You is perfect.

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2015


4205 Comments


whoa what is thiiss

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