Wrapping up a hugely successful summer of shows and releases on the likes of Toolroom, Definition and Glasgow Underground, Hamburg duo Piemont drive four hours due south to Halle: home of Monaberry and its consistently timeless, deep and evocative house signature.
A label where the groove takes the comfiest chair in the house and rich servings of atmosphere and funk are actively encouraged, Monaberry offers the perfect canvas for Piemont's distinctive dreamy sound. As proved right here…
'Spin Off' is no re-run: a subtly jacking drum arrangement provides the perfect bed for gentle synth lines to ebb, flow and purr over the undulating bass pattern. Vapour trails linger behind, overlapping with their own counter textures to create an almost cosmic experience.
'Ghetto Bird' flips the bird with its deliciously formula-free bravado. Its tech groove is peppered with classic stabs, delicate arpeggios and mild traces of sax soul as we ride into oblivion with red face glee.
Remix-wise two of Monaberry's finest apply their own twists to the tales: Nicolas Masseyeff toughens up the vibe of 'Spin Off'. Here more emphasis is placed on a dubbier metallic bass tone and an overwhelming synth hook that hammers with beautiful insistency.
Finally Bebetta strips 'Ghetto Bird' down to a naked rhythm and re-clothes it with silkier, looser garments, each one hanging off the arpeggio that blossoms from muffled and textural to a full emotion-rich feature piece in a complex, sense blurring way.
Two star-lit originals. Two planet hopping remixes. Yet another beautiful moment in time and space from Monaberry.