REVIEW: LETHERETTE

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed lending my ears to Letherette’s self-titled debut album. Besides the fact that it’s immaculately produced, one should take note of the consistency in vibe and energy. I can almost promise you that this album will be one of 2013’s most rinsed.

Letherette have managed to put together a tasty bouquet of disco/funk-infused tunes on all sorts of tempos. Most tracks are made for the dancefloor but with a special twist, which explains why Ninja Tune signed this release. Although the direction itself is not as original, Letherette have honed their U.K.-influenced sound. Expect big bass, choppy vocals, smooth pads and unpredictable switches in mood. It’s like Ed Banger meets Brainfeeder, a highly unlikely marriage of sound with top-notch results.

The track “D&T”, the highlight of the release, is a strong example of how Letherette manages to create a fresh production with a French-house ethic and strong emphasis on sexy pads and classic disco-style drum work. Other personal favourites are tracks such as the album opener, “After Dawn” and “Restless”.

The two tunes that really caught me off guard were “Gas Stations and Restaurants” and “Hard Martha” as the duo strays away from the dancefloor to create something for the more thoughtful listeners who appreciate spacey and ambient sounds.

In an over-saturated and redundant world of music, it’s becoming harder and harder for one to stumble upon something that stands out. A plethora of producers have mercilessly butchered the soulful sounds of funk and disco with no remorse, leaving their productions sounding stale and unoriginal, fortunately this album has strayed away from the crowd and has created something fresh. In my honest opinion, I would consider this to be among the more original albums to hit the scene since Justice’s The Cross or Simian Mobile Disco’s Attack Sustain Decay Release.

By: Abdallah Taher

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