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12" EP on Acéphale.
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- Doss EP by Doss
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Here's a debut EP by Doss, who I've not heard before. They make a very '90s influenced type of trancey house-pop with a drifty modern sheen to it, all silky melodies and breathy vocals, cut up and pitched up and echoed into a euphoric haze around the subtly phasing beats and uplifting soft synths. You get three songs and a remix on this 12", enough to get a decent taste of what this lot are about, and I'm enjoying it.
The beats are crisp and hyperpresent and reasonably energetic, particularly in second track 'Softpretty', while melodically everything is smeared and indistinct, a dreamlike cloud of woozy uplift that's weirdly at odds with the crunching rhythms propelling it, meaning that despite the heavy nods to uplifting '90s cheese it also has a detached almost Pet Shop Boys-esque cool to it.
I'm not as keen on the second side...I thought I was playing it at the wrong speed at first. It actually sounds great at 33 but at the correct speed of 45 it's a bit much. 'Here Tonight' continues the same formula but without the bright melodies of the opening couple of tracks...the first half sounds like Morcheeba and then they go into a weird kind of jarringly aggressive Roni Size d'n'b rhythm. The remix is a bit much, energetic pumping beats and comedically pitched-up vocals, like 'A Place in the Sun' on fast-forward.
Again this sounds better at 33. You'll probably only listen to this side once, but both the songs on side A are pretty decent.
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