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Randall Jones – Misdemeanors Of The Night

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8573570.jpgLabel: TenampaScore: 8/10

Fledgling Mexican label Tenampa has been making all the right noises of late, not least thanks to original and remixes by a number of dab hands (Martin Eyerer, Patrice Baumel) and a number of assured-sounding newcomers (Amine Edge, Inxec). Their latest party trick sees them lean on a man who’s expertly versed in creating dexterous dance music, as they call up US producer Randall Jones, who duly delivers thanks to the dizzying different and always intriguing Misdemeanors of the Night EP.

Jones, of course, has made a career out of sculpting exciting and tough-to-pigeonhole electronic music, and this EP is further indication of a veteran who, it’s fair to point out, refuses to stand still. Opening gambit ”The Way that you Make me Feel” is a fast-paced gem that gets our attention from the off thanks to its catchy licks and a surefire groove that’s well worth getting lost in. As the track progresses, so too does the medley of oddball vocals and the eschewed synths, both of which combine to forge a track that’s every bit as ‘out there’ as it is a joy to behold.

”Tape Rock Pop” is another that’s difficult to put in a box. Like its predecessor, it lacks direction at times, but this is more of a strength than it is an issue. The ghetto-styled vocal flourishes are a nice touch too, even though we didn’t quite expect Jones to repeat the trick later on on the ”Hard Pop Mix” of the latter. Culminating this fine EP is the more downbeat – yet still beguiling – sounds of ”I’ll be Cool”. Hats off to Jones for a job well done.

 

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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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