Late-March sees Simon Baker return to the Leftroom label roster with the Osaka Nights EP on Leftroom Ltd – a three track EP featuring a further two remixes from Seattles Pezzner.
Simon Baker, after delivering a series of standout singles for his own imprint from 2005 to 2007, has steadily become one of the new school of house musics leading lights. A debut LP and slew of singles for the 20:20 Vision label alongside the undoubted smash that was Plastik on Playhouse have made the Yorkshireman one of the most in demand producer/DJs out there.
Its one of the destinations of touring that has resulted in the Osaka Nights EP, Bakers first for close-friend Matt Tolfreys imprint since 2008.
The title cut bursts open the Osaka Nights EP with a piercing, phased vocal hit and a ponderous electronicfunk bassline. Moody and absorbing, the openers drunken drum fills and metallic synths combine with the beats/bass undercurrent in perfect balance.
Pezzner steps up for the first of two remixes of Osaka Nights and in remix mode delivers a glowing interpretation littered with otherworldly synth flourishes and leads which layer into a warm yet intense texture.
Bakers Pick Em Up uses skittering, busy percussion and guttural bottom end to underpin a brutally effected titular vocal hit and bubbling synths that makes for a muscular groove. The addition of flowing FM sounds and an airy, almost human, modulated pad push the tune into overdrive.
Human Mystery is the last of the original tracks and treads a decidedly old school, early 80s path with squelching moog bass, broken beats and shimmering synths.
Pezzners Native Language Remix of Osaka Nights closes the EP with an introspective, stripped feel. The originals vocals flow over a skeletal drumtrack and an unhurried melody before building towards a teasing climax that subsides almost instantly.