Artist : Partial Arts
Title : Taifa EP
Cat No : KOMPAKT 305
Released : 16/06/2014
Genre : Techno
Review by Ian French

Returning to the Kompakt fold after the much-acclaimed 12″ releases “Trauermusik” and “Telescope”, Ewan Pearson and Al Usher aka Partial Arts continue their adventure in the wonderful world of kraut disco and melodic house. Can you believe it has been 6 years since their last Partial Arts release?!

First up is the original track, “Taifa” which begins with a somewhat summery vibe that is flushed with guitar licks that glisten over the top of, what can only be described as, a whale like noise. I probably don’t describe it too well but trust me it sounds good! Soon after the listener is presented with some funky shaking beats and a glorious 303 that winds its way in and out of the track throughout. To quote Ewan Pearson “think Kraftwerk trying to make an acid record with Andreas Wollenweider”. All in all a glorious eight minute summery track that would not sound amiss on the terrace at Space Ibiza as the sun comes up.

Next up we have the Emporer Machine remix which does take things it a slightly more energetic direction. This remix makes use of the 303 throughout and does create more of a dance floor related groove. The track contains some superb hi hats and percussion throughout. Certainly a track that would make any dance floor shake their tail.

A superb original track and remix here and I would recommend both for very different reasons. I do sway more towards the remix but the original is superb and I would definitely be grooving along merrily should I hear it out and about over the summer season.

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!