Letherette have fallen silent since their debut album and a slew of EPs on Ninja tune in 2013. Back on Ninjas Tune for a new studio release in 2016 with Refresh they are set on dancefloor takeovers once again. Big addictive 90s grooves Armand Van Helden and DJ Sneak would be happy with. I’m sure these will get played everywhere, for quite a while.
12" £7.49 ZEN12422
180g vinyl 12" EP on Ninja Tune.
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Not that I was ever a '90's house guy but this is gorgeous. You can throw all the DJ Sneak comparisons you like at me and I'll not know what you are talking about but caress my ears softly with this and I'm fit to burst.
Letherette have been around awhile making sleek and soulful house from their Wolverhampton hideaway, this four track 12" keeps it concise with the quality control set to max.
The opening title track is based around a gorgeously warm rhodes piano motif that sounds like the start of spring sunshine peeking through the trees. Add in a couple of spliced vocal samples and some nice tight percussion and you've got yourself a tune. 'Warm House' I'd like to call it.
Elsewhere ‘Look No More’ uses almost the same voice sample but this time it is at man level and is joined by soulful backing vocals ands the kind of synths that are like twinkling distant lights.
Overleaf ‘Without You' is squished and squashed until it breaks out of itself with a lovely bass line and as the fog clears shards of sweet soul vocals spray all over the track. Closer ‘Don’t Think About Me' has more of an electro vibe with funky bass and flamming Fly Lo style effects, the vocal cut ups here are more displaced at aren’t quite as warm as previous giving it a slightly disconcerting edge.
Another twinkling track of then of uplifting soulful house and an EP you've got to get on your stereo as the weather gets warmer.
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