E Bias – The Emmanuel Bias [Kick N Clap]

Now, this is not your usual release – how often do you get a supergroup with a Turner prize nominee and a member of Franz Ferdinand chucking out some quirky deep house?

E Bias is the project of Luke Fowler, Paul Thomson and the ever versatile Richard Youngs: happily enough, they’ve produced a pretty storming little EP; strong on Chicago vibes whilst not being oppresively old school, despite the title straight out of an early days, excitable release.

Vaguely ethereal but yearning vocals are slightly at odds with the groove but that only helps the agreeable oddness of the whole project; there’s a slight dislocation about all six tracks; things don’t quite tie together and it’s a nice change from more conventional takes on house.

The grooves themselves are great; simple drums and basslines are stripped back in that Chicago style; utterly functional and more beautiful for dispensing with too much ornamentation.

No museum piece but rather a reminder that, as well as all the running about mayhem of the initial murmurings from the windy city, they were also really quite weird – hard to think of now club culture is so hardwired into the landscape.

Great record with six tracks that look back, but manage to be rather unique and forward-looking at the same time; impressive simplicity beautifully realised.

Put together by Dave Maclean of Django Django, Kick N Clap is very much a label to keep an eye on.

Words: Vosne Malconsorts

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