Monday, January 4, 2010
Hunee - Barrio Payment EP
After a split 12" and two eps from its founders, your favouritevinyl-only label welcomes an exciting new artist for its fourthrelease. Hailing from Berlin, Hunee is a true music lover, a passionate dj and an amazing producer (not to mention a top notchfriend). His recent productions on Feel Music, w.t. Records andDrumpoet Community have caught the ear of many key players and madehim one to watch in 2010. Needless to say, Hunee takes it to a whole other level with his Barrio Payment trilogy: from soulful House toslow-mo Disco via Afrobeat, the producer holds nothing back andthat's exactly how we like it at Retreat hq.
Starting off with swinging hi-hats and a wah-wah loop, Foundation builds excitement before a killer organ riff and bouncy basslinemanage to bring the last non-dancers on the floor. A whispered ouhbaby gives you a hint of what happens next: an emotional break wherea woman declares her love to her companion while majestic chords risefrom the background. Add a drunken-style hihat, some claps and you'llfeel goose bumps when the kick drum and bassline come back in! Thetrack just seems to grow and grow until it breaks down once more tolet the organ riff reappear and take you just that bit higher - whata rush!
The B-side begins with the polyrhythmic action of Barrio Payment:layers and layers of percussion, scattered drums and marimba licks.Is this really House Music? Does anyone care? Similar to the beatfreakings of Tony Allen or IG Culture, Barrio Payment rolls and rolls with a solid bassline anchoring the groove. But just when you think it's just a drum & bass workout, Detroit-style stabs warp the trackin another new dimension and turn it into the official soundtrack toNigeria's upcoming space program.
To finish off an already amazing ep, Hunee comes through with thesuper erotic Funk of Amiadar. With its slow groove and hot vocalsnippets, Amiadar begs to be played as the last track of the night,before couples continue their dance behind closed doors … Sexy butnever vulgar, the tune unfolds at it's own pace, thanks to moodychords and offbeat percussion. The break is truly ecstatic: with amajestic synth bassline rising from the background and intense moaning, you can only let yourself go as the break resolves in asweaty beat. Amiadar then reaches its conclusion in a gentle mannerwhile the sexual tension never drops ...