Label staple Josiah Fontenot (El Natured, JB Fontenot) has a knack for creating wide reaching projects that display a precision for the foundational aspects of dance music with a propensity for boundary pushing. Recently Josiah has been busy with projects on imprints like Denied Music, Colour and Pitch, and Whiskey Pickle. His productions have the city of Houston, TX clambering to find out more about this talented, yet often mysterious artist. On remix duties are Mexican-born, German residents Signal Deluxe who bring a seasoned tenure to the project along with multi-faceted Dallas, TX artist Wanza Dover (Blixaboy, Black Dots, and Jack Dover). Wanz features his rough and rumble alias Jack Dover to give listeners a comprehensive variety.
Unseen forces starts with dulcet chimes and disorienting FX. Growing steadily synthesizer elements begin to collide with dusty drum machine patterns. Acid-tinged this original progresses into abject calamity, with distorted acid lines and circuit bent squeals. Signal Deluxe muddies the waters keeping subtlety at the forefront. Their remix widens the sonic landscape and play tricks in the ears of the listener, instilling a bit of confused delight amid a playful mixture of elements.
New Paranoia rattles your nerves with expertly executed musical framing. Wrought with tension and growing in complexity this tune introduces a fever to the dancefloor that can only be followed with more well-tempered weirdness.
Picking up the pace Distant Alley sits squarely between a techno banger and an electro spectacle. Synthesizer placement and construction are remnant of early electro recordings, but the drum progression is all techno. As with the rest of the project a hint of acid permeates each project giving the desired fluidity that only a TB303 can provide. Jack Dover brings a more Detroit discipline to the project with big drums, looped-crescendos, and playful percussion.
This fall the HD camp is falling for the weirdness with upcoming features that continue to challenge ears and excite the senses.