This EP has been absolutely blowing me away this month. I became familiar with Chaos in the CBD through their earlier releases on the brilliant Parisian label ClekClekBoom, known for their stripped back House and Techno cuts laced with analog percussion and weird rhythms.
This record is a different ball game though – released on the recently founded Rhythm Section International, it’s drastically more melodic, more layered, and more inclined towards the very heart of true Deep House. The real deal.
The title track in particular, is a masterpiece. From the slightly distorted piano riffing to the gorgeously ethereal trumpet (recorded in-studio by one Isaac Aesili), this tune has more vibes than a bloody vibraphone. Euphoric, soulful, meditative, still groovy.
The rest of the EP follows suit with a generally similar vibe. The focus, incontrovertibly, is on the piano. Every track features a beautifully recorded and sampled piano as its backbone, and the lithe, chilled-out house beats weave their way around those lounging chords and keys, jazzy and understated. Observe has a bit more bounce, and Luxury Motivation is ushered in by a fantastically treated sample, simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and genuinely relevant.
This is house music, real as it gets, and proof that pop culture and its voracious gaze can take nothing away from those that feel it, the truly talented. Thanks very much to Chaos in the CBD for this one.