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Nimbus Quartet – Later Lover EP

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Label: Lazare Hoche RecordsScore: 7/10 

DJ of all things raw, Lazare Hoche has made a real throwback to the wonder years with the latest offering on his self titled label. Reaching deep into the abyss of 90’s house, the Parisian has conjured up a repress from the little known American duo, Nimbus Quartet. Originally the pair only released two 12”s, both on the respected Sounds imprint, but more recently they’ve just put out their debut album and are seeing something of a renaissance in music. So its fitting this repress comes via France.

Nimbus Quartet might be from the states but there is something distinctly French about their music here. The kind that would slot well into an Appollonia marathon, a sound that doesn’t tickle everyone’s tastes, but it does tend to keep a party going on strong. ‘Later Lover’ has a jazzy feel to it. A simple vocal, ‘later’ repeats with a smooth sax part, scuttling hats and a mysterious piano melody that are all backed by pumping kicks and a confidently bounding bassline. The variance in its arrangement is strong too. Oddly named ‘Mouch touch’ has a deeper vibe. Prolonged chords strive on celestially, with percussive clicks and shakes. The organ and guitar samples that flit in towards the end add a nice character to it and the muted bassline sits well placed.

The 12 minute monster that counters these two is definitely a favourite. ‘Your House is Yours Parts II & III’ is a profound and chugging, groover of a track, reminiscent of Maya Jane Coles, ‘What They Say’, but slowed down and deeper. The rumbling bassline is sure to bring power to dance floors wherever its utilised.

Hoche has boded honourably in uncovering this release for the new era and its certain to alight the attention of some of the more inquisitive ears.

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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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