Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Pariah – Detroit Falls/Orpheus [R&S]

This 10” has been in the works for a while and sees Pariah drop his first non-remix/original artist works. After his spaced-out garage re-work of indie darlings The xx we get two slices of some of the finest funk and soul driven hip-hop leaning garage hybrids around and his debut release for the legendary R&S records.

‘Detroit Falls’ twists Motown’s soul into a bumping garage ghost, vocals get morphed into chopped up hooks and looped piano samples give the whole track a very hip-hop feel. Subtly bubbling synth melodies top it all off and the whole thing comes together with a bit of funky swagger. The real highlight is the rolling medative soul on show with ‘Orpheus’, it sits somewhere between the spectral garage of Burial and the bumping dance floor styles of Fantastic Mr Fox and the soul of FaltyDL: its deep and introspective but with some serious flex and garage rhythms, not to mention some seriously hypnotic bass tones.

We’re set to hear more from Pariah, with a double 12” to come on R&S to name but one. His soul drenched melodic take on garage really creeps up on you. Pure vibes.

Originally writen for Sonic Router.

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