From Joy is the second full-length album from Kyle Hall: and very full in length it is too, stretching over 6 sides of vinyl. All the tracks predate 2010, so Hall has obviously been meditating on their weights and merits enough to know that these are all stone-cold killers. This triple LP release is out on Hall’s own Wild Oats label.
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Someone call an ambulance, Kyle Hall’s head has separated from his shoulders. Perhaps he’s trying to say that he’s losing his mind, but looks especially unimpressed by it - madness is perhaps just another day to day mundanity to the Hall. This, his second album, promises three discs of blazing beats, all made in his dad’s basement pre-2010.
It begins all shuffled & broken beat, chilled boogies with a jazzy feel about them that only just edge on house. In many ways, he carries the old school Detroit torch forward, but spits some colourful powders into it to spice things up. I’m talking about the sleekness of modern beat production not chemistry of course. Expect many of those motor city afterhours chord shapes here that are equally at home in a dingey bar or on a beach at sunrise, if you’ll pardon the cliche. It doesn’t take long until he’s flirting with the 4x4 on the B side, summoning whirls of funky percussion and glossy, cosmic synth melodics while a thick bass whumps away. You know what house is. Funkineven would be proud. Things slow down on C1 as a beat that’s closer to 90s hip-hop provides leverage for an orchestra of juicy chords and 8-bit leads to make the most chilled thing on here.
C2 plays host to a personal favourite ‘Wake Up and Dip’. The beat really reminds me of Floating Points or Pearson Sound’s stuff, just very stripped back and letting a small jazz ensemble (piano, double bass, percussions, strings) place you firmly in cinematic funkytown. So in case it is not clear yet, this is a brilliant Detroit tinged house/boogie record from one of the newly-risen stars of dance music.
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