Roommates – EP2 (Word Up Records)

Guillaume Atlan’s Paris based Word Up Records welcomes back key label artists and musical freaks Roommates for a standout new EP featuring three originals and a refreshing remix from Fell Reis. Roommates are Spirt and Da Saül, a pair of mysterious entities who are elusive and worldly wise, and together make music full of organic drums and soulful melodies. This is their second EP together and comes four months after their last on the label. It is another fresh statement full of inventive musicality. The enchanting ‘Valhalla’ goes first and is a loose, circling disco track with woozy and trippy synths, percolating rubber drums and a spooky late night charm that really burrows into your brain. ‘Shaman Journey’ is another brilliantly loose and cool affair with warm synths and laid back beats. The percussion falls freely and intoxicating pads and breathy vocals are steamy and romantic. This pair’s new electronic perspective continues throughout ‘Third Eye’ which is another intriguing effort where spacious finger clicks, far off chords and roomy grooves cast a real spell on you. Brazil’s Fell Reis is a DJ and producer who has played all over Ibiza, has had support from Luciano and here flips Valhalla into something totally different, namely a smooth and seductive house cut that really pops. Rubber drums and a busy synth slither around each other and the pressure builds to make for a killer cut that is full of charisma. Roommates are really into their stride by now and once again here impress with their unique sounds.
Roommates EP2 (Word Up Records) Out 7th November 2016 Cat.WUR007
5 out of 5
DMC Magazine