Florist’s new EP is explicitly focused on recalling the glory days of rave. The Phenomena EP is dedicated to Youtube commenters in love with a particular Midsummer party, and is likely to make them very happy: the two tracks (each present in two different mixes) are very capable throwbacks without being mere nostalgia. On All Caps.
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- Phenomena EP by Florist
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 February 2016
Rave culture means absolutely nothing to me. When the hoards were out raving in some airport hangar I was safely tucked up at home thumbing through a good James Herriot tale.
So why does this this EP which is explicitly focussed on recalling the golden years of rave appeal so much? Maybe somehow the music seeped through the airwaves to that teenage bedroom and into my unconsciousness without me realising it. Whatever your history this is a gorgeous EP full of half forgotten rave sounds muted down as to project maximum melancholy. The opening ‘club mix’ of ‘Final Bounce‘ is produced to sound like you have wool in your ears, the dub techno sounding synths interrupted by clear as bell vocal snapshots. Softer still is the ’Neo Image “In Contact” mix‘ which brings sad synths to the fore joined by a beautiful gurgling bassline.
Just to confuse everyone listening they’ve changed the RPM for the B side (thank goodness for Soundcloud as a go-to checking system). The club mix of ‘Marine Drive’ is an upbeat affair with those James Brown whoops in evidence but the final ‘Internal Dub’ mix returns to the faded melancholy of the A side with devastated synths picking out quiet chords until an upbeat cheery conclusion.
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