So this week we have been lucky enough to be listening to the ever enigmatic and always innovative sounds of Deetron. Music Over Mattermarks his second artist album and will be released on Music Man Records. Somewhat of a musical maverick, Deetron refuses to comply to the house musical canon, instead incorporating elements of different genre’s and styles to create a unique and harmonically rich sound.
A staple technique throughout the album is the creative use of vocals. This is evident from the start with the complex and swing style synths contrasting the flowing vocal on Thinking. There are hints of this glitchy analogue sound throughout the record, but with the collaboration with the charismatic Seth Troxler Love Song we see the album take a smoother, fluid direction. With Seth’s soft, spacey and almost creepy vocal sitting with wonderful subtlety in the mix.
Then we have my favourite track on the album, the harmonically gorgeous Sing. The tropical, groovy drums rich in percussion are panned expertly giving the track width. We are then treated to a beauty of a layered vocal sample comprising the main melodic idea. Filtered in through the intro the tease us with the hook. A close second would be the collaboration with the artist we all know as Breach, lending his vocal talents under his Ben Westbeech alias. The pair have created a truly elegant vocal driven house track, with some beautiful chord progressions and a truly uplifting vocal.
With an interesting twist, Bright city lights see’s Deetron take a more celestial, ambient direction, eventually introducing a 4/4 drum beat whilst keeping the chill-out feel. Deetron then exercises his ability to create tracks for the clubs. With Count On Me and Strange Things taking a more tech house approach, bass hits and big punchy kicks doing the speaker damage. We also have the bonus track Starblazer bringing the funk to finish off the album.
Having been the architect of some of the best releases within the House & Tech scene over the past decade, Deetron has brought together an all star cast to showcase the more heartfelt side of club music. See what you think by streaming the album in full below or purchase from here.