Recloose- Perfect Timing
14 Apr 2008 // A review by johnsoncraigsbc
Recloose has been busy and after such previous success, the now internationally exalted producer and DJ has brought a new touch to living room and club dance with ‘Perfect Timing’, taking a few pages out of the eighties in the process.
Starting the album with Rachel Frasier and the mellow sophistication of ‘Catch A Leaf’ is the perfect way to precede the dismal post eighties revival that is ‘Robop’. The next refreshing track is ‘Solomon’s Alive’ which begins with the magnetic vocal repetition, which gives base to the rest of the track. A thumping bass clarinet and some obscure vocal breakdowns create one of the more memorable tracks on the album.
Although this music is hitting the dance flow buttons in house party living rooms everywhere right now, it would be interesting to see if this same music is what new found young adults are listening to in four years time. Where Recloose goes next will be the vital element in his next designed attack.
‘Red Road’ reminded me of playing waverace on Nintendo in the late nineties, it was a good game, but not good enough to put on your album.
Recloose is, and will remain to be, an inspiring and provocative live performer, and with the single ‘The Sanctuary’ getting air time nationally, catching them at their next show will be a treat. Horns and acclaimed female vocalists present, it should definitely be on a lot of peoples to do list.
Following up funkier beats with the sonorous melodies ‘Deeper Waters’ and ‘Daydream’ eases the album into a soporific close. Smooth, mellifluous vocals by Rachel Frasier will be ranking her highly amongst well-known female vocalists in New Zealand.
‘Perfect Timing’ is founded by some funky, wave forming, bright colour oriented arrangements, sure to please the needs of those who love to dance without the obligation of fifty minutes of bone cracking bass.
In spring 1997, Matthew Chicoine, aka Recloose, made contact with techno pioneer Carl Craig by way of a now legendary ‘demo on rye sandwich’.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Recloose
This now infamous (and tired) story has been referenced to death, and we’d all prefer not to revisit the details. Instead, let’s focus on what it led to - the near immediate signing of Recloose to Planet E and the beginning of a promising musical career for one very talented individual. Recloose’s musical roots trace back to eight years of studying music and playing jazz saxophone, later shifting his focus to the art of mixing, cutting and dicing vinyl whilst at college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His eclectic DJ sets, which were first heard on college radio, have led Recloose to become an in-demand DJ, playing at clubs and festivals around the world.
Having spent time performing as a turntablist for both Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra, and the more esoteric Uri Caine ensemble, Recloose’s musical activities have always been remarkably diverse. This sonic liberalism, and ensuing trans-global travel, have provided Recloose with an impeccable musical palette to work from.