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Betoko – Supersonic


betoko74.jpgLabel: OFFScore: 8/10 

OFF’s recent agenda has seen Andre Crom’s always on point label turn their hand to numerous different tropes. There’s been samples, there’s been basslines and there’s been excitement, but as always, they’re very much sculpted with the floor – and the floor only – in mind. The fact that it took so long for acclaimed producer Betoko to produce for the label, is somewhat surprising, as on paper at least, this is a perfect match.

The good news is that it plays out in just as whimsical and fascinating a way as one could hope for. The title track is a real feel-good groover, with its wonderfully ridiculous vocals helping to give it a cheeky charm that’s hard not to raise a smile to. This is music by machines with a very friendly, gregarious and human touch to it.

On the remix front, Tube & Berger combine once again with the sort of delicate and complimentary charm that we’ve come accustomed to over the years. Their interpretation of the track is laden with summery vibes of the sort we thought we’d finally jettisoned by this stage of the year, as they lead us down a road that’s peppered with heartfelt, practically introspective tones. Much of OFF’s obvious appeal lies in its refusal to stand still: and Betoko’s latest is a fine snapshot of where they’re at in that regard.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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