Artist: David Herrero
Title: Body, Soul & Other Things
Label: Saved Records
Release: Out Now!
Genre: Tech House
We can always rely on the superb Saved Records to deliver material that is special in every kind of way and that is what they have given us yet again in the form of David Herrero’s splendid 12 track album ‘Body, Soul & Other Things’. The excitement generated throughout this album with some incredibly upbeat and funky vibes easily swept us off our feet.
The album is introduced to us through ‘Body, Soul & Other Things’ with a filtered low end and an intense array of organic effects. We can already sense an epic energy building up. The excitement generated by this short clip is astounding. If there was a perfect way to start a Tech House album, this is it! ‘Botton Clash’ takes its turn to blow our minds. An 808 that packs a punch that would floor a 25-year-old Mike Tyson thumps away. Vintage drums make up David’s palette with a delightfully warm character. It’s all about the percussion here! A very simple, but super effective bassline keeps things moving along whilst delayed vocals and bright leads fill the frequency quota. This is supercharged funk!
‘You’ is another perfect example of how Tech House should be. The groove is once again otherworldly. The kick drum is soft, but the snap is solid which compliments the rest of the drum elements nicely. It truly is ‘Party Time’ by the time we get to track 4. The catchy vocal sits on top of that grooving low end and characterful drum line. The heart and soul put into this album is truly inspiring. It’s hard not to smile! ‘Your Body’ kicks off with a minimalist vibe before charging the spectrum with an array of detailed sounds and vocals before blasting off into an intense drive. ‘Bloodline’ is super shiny and is one of those tracks that would gleam in the sunlight. Again, we are filled with joyous emotion and the movement generated is enough to get anyone off their feet.
Halfway through and there is absolutely no letting up on that rhythmic swing that is the centerpiece of David’s style. ‘Background’ again feels nice and simple, but incredibly mesmerizing. The transients are tight and snappy, the funk is unbelievable! Top marks yet again. ‘Love & Hate’ builds with a sensual atmosphere glowing off the neat vocal chops before taking us on another journey with that transient packed swing. David expertly induces that energetic vibe. ‘Make Love’ on the other hand, slows down to a pulsing tempo with a delightful accent. A grainy reverberated synth sound wobbles in the background whilst the sub frequencies rattle the sonic sphere. The vocal line is very interesting indeed this time. The vocals themselves sound uniquely recorded and processed brilliantly.
The deep lows in ‘Sunshine’ are enough to obliterate a concrete structure. Shiny hats and high passed bongos add a nice twist whilst a looping speech adds a memorable phase to the track. ‘So Good’ is a perfect description for this record. That thumping transient of the deep 808 adds to the warm dynamics and the vigorous energy created is enough to power entire cities.
We finish up on the down-tempo style generated through the soundwaves of ‘Skitz’. Again, that warmness and selection of brilliant processing techniques used are there for all to hear. The glide of the bass sends us into a tranquil state. The click of the percussion stabs through the speakers with a rounded edge. A cool vocal line comes in to add a wonderful depth. What a finish to such a wonderful album. It’s one David can be very proud of indeed. A modern classic of a Tech House album. 12 tracks of analog delight!