You might remember Nathan Micay from his days as Bwana, but the Berlin-based Canadian is done with all of that now. His first release under his given name is a Whities drop, which means that it’s pretty much guaranteed to be good. It would seem that Micay’s new alias has allowed him to clear the fog that often fell over the Bwana stuff. ‘First Casualty’ and ‘Beginning Ballads’ are lovely things that sound like There Is Love In You-era Four Tet.
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This artwork, hoo boy, this artwork. Yes, this is a “music review” and we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but wringing out a full review of a 12” single is tricky enough at the best of times so please excuse me.
A release couldn’t have a better introduction that Nathan Micay’s Whities 017 on uh, Whities. It’s dynamic and exciting and I think above all fresh. And yes that might be my caveman brain reacting to the picture of some lemons thoughtfully imposed on the back of the sleeve but I’m standing by it.
And from one lazy link to another, sleeve designers Alex McCullough and Kia Tasbihgou have done a wonderful job of capturing how Micay’s two tracks feel. Because these too are dynamic and exciting and fresh.
The A-side is ‘First Casualty’ which at heart has the same bouncy rhythm that made ‘La Macarena’ the timeless and spaceless smash it is today. Yes, this is first and foremost a fun piece of music. But there’s plenty for the brain dancers among you too. Different textures and melodies come in and out of view: whooshing bass lines, and plucked melodies. Towards the end, even some plaintive piano before a euphoric climax.
On the other side you’ll find ‘Beginning Ballads’, built around an insistent drum rhythm that though being relatively restrained gives it a propulsive quality that would perk up a set at 11pm or 3am. This one ends almost trance-like again, Micay managing to sneak euphoria where you’d least expect.
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