Electronic Petz Vol.3 – Album Review
Written by Michael
December 4, 2010 3:16 pm
DJ Alessandro, aka SLOK, the producer who brought us “The Fat Pasta Grooves” returns, this time with a various compilation. Titled Electronic Petz Volume 3, the album features twelve tracks selected by the man himself. This is very much a house music album, though Paris based label Electronic Petz is keen to point out the aim to pull out and promote dance music of the highest calibre, rather than centering on a particular genre.
The album is not mixed, and although we’d have loved it to be, we can see why it wasn’t. It’s possible SLOK wanted to put a greater emphasis on the tracks themselves as individual entities, rather than the mix was of thinking which is a journey from the first to the last track. Of course, an unmixed album also allows each track to introduce itself separately, and not be rudely interrupted prematurely at the end.
First up is newbie producer Frenchman Baud with “Planetorama”. Deep, soulful and melodic are three words that form easily in the mind as the track meanders around the beat. Yariv Etzion’s “On The Rock” brings a more edgier vibe to proceedings, it’s throbbing piano samples providing a sexy back drop perfect for a vodka on the rocks. So far, we’re in no rush, and neither is the music, the tracks taking their time, teasing you ever so slightly but refusing to elevate too high, preferring instead seemingly to keep low and cool.
Much like Chris B’s “New Direction”, this seems like house music to provide that perfect soundtrack for a trendy bar or an evening in. Rave you most certainly will not. “Paris Feeling” proves SLOKS ability to create slick beats oozing with the kind of cool that only sunbathing on a Riva could possibly emulate. Oh, whatever, you get the point!
“Breakwater (Deep Mix)” by Kenji Takashima is another soulful number pulsating with deep house elements and engulfing synths, which coupled with a simple piano riff creates a track almost like an oral dream, proving for us to be one of the highlights of the album. “Something Happens” by Phonic.Lab brings some welcome vocal samples, and how well they are assembled too. A tutting, breathless female and a male telling us “that’s right” adorn clicking beats and bongo-like drums, dropping into a deep groove that manages to be elevating and soulful at the same time.
SLOK’s own “Vinotheque” , the longest track of the album, is also a highlight, although we feel it takes a bit too long to hit the more interesting parts and the slightly teetering drop. It does mature out eventually though, and is great when it does. “DMB” by Michael Mishima is a track almost completely different, this time tech beats taking the place of deep house. It’s not quite our cup of tea but the production is excellent and a few people overhearing the album couldn’t stifle their liking of it.
Essentially, “Electronic Petz Volume 3” won’t be for everyone, those seeking more upfront club style beats are better off elsewhere. The album also arguably suffers from a distinct lack of vocal appearances. However if you do prefer more deep, sophisticated soulful grinds minus the atypical vocals that usually accompany them, and you also don’t mind it not being a mix, then this is an album well worth a gander.
Electronic Petz Vol3 is out now on Beatport.