I guess now that ‘90s sitcom, Friends, is trending again due to it being shown on Netflix, Ross From Friends, AKA, Felix Clary Weatherall, can piggy-back that publicity by releasing his new record. It is called Epiphany, named after his sister who is one of the most important people in his life. On this new 12" he’s gone for an ‘80s sci-fi vibe that incorporates elements of techno, jazz, house and ambient music.
Vinyl 12" £9.99 BF090
12" EP on Brainfeeder.
Once upon a time, this latest record -- the latest in a lengthening string of singles and his second EP for Brainfeeder following on from last year’s fine ‘Family Portrait’ LP -- would have confused a few people, what with Netf**x making *that sitcom* popular again. But here is the little prankster with another deceptively commercial proposition. Three tracks of his trademark off-centre, delightfully skewed take on that 4/4 sound beloved of the rave kids and the ageing trendies / staff writers (me, colleagues) alike.
Lead and title track 'Epiphany' has popping, fidgety perc with an almost 2-step beat and those atmospherics previously purveyed by the likes of Burial and Four Tet. It’ll go down a storm on your car stereo, on your phone’s music-player of choice during your bus ride to the office, and on a few choice dance-floors at 2am. Really nice snares too while we're at it.
'The Revolution' is a nice update on that Todd Edwards / Roy Davis Jr house sound, inevitably gorgeous percussion once again, plus some early-morning vibes and the most beautiful keys and pads, merging with some carefully curated samples. Vibes. And lastly, if those two little gems weren’t enough… here’s...
'Phantom Radio'… possibly the most funky thing Ross has done since his famous "...on.. a... BREAK!" Although that might’ve been the ‘other’ Ross. Here, Von Friends lets his thumping, banging beats, sliced breaks and jazzy keys do the talkin’. And it’s adorable. The most adorable thing he’s done since his ‘Pale Blue Dot’ geniusness. Possibly more adorable, cuddly and jovial than *that* Friends person. If anyone out there has met him could they please confirm? Thanks in advance.
Fidgety. Funky. Adorableness on vinyl.
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