Following on the path started by our previous article, we delve deeper today into the realm of smooth sunny house with Delusion Of Grandeur's second release of 2014: a brilliant 3-track collection of happy vibes, positive emotions and warm feelings. Even though the name Franc Spangler might seem new to most of us, knowing that it's merely another alias of Jamie Odell's infinite well of creativity and the introduction has been already made. Better known in the house/disco/club scene as Jimpster, the son of Shakatak's drummer spends his time between running the legendary Freerange Records, making music under one of his 5 aliases, hosting his monthly radio show, rocking boat parties across the Mediterranean and caring for his supporting wife.
'Painted Lady' unfolds with a soft deep warmer where Franc skilfully layers a driving bassline under rolling wooden loops which march under a lively ensemble of jingling melodies, chord stabs and FX which then lie under two echoed vocal loops and a blissful floating key pad floating in and out of the scenery.
'Lumpsucker' jacks thing up with a tropical collection of old school 707 kicks and snares which gradually get smoothed out to a pristine shape by a cosmic synth pad and polished to a shine by eerie bells and echoed vocal stabs that morph into a Chicago lingering nostalgia on the outro.
'Camberwell Beauty' is just what advertises: a beautiful deep and slow journey through a mild looping bassline, accompanied by a steady pair of kick-claps that gather in their flight an arped needly synth score which dances around a swirling enchanted key line pushing the track to celestial proportions. But the real magic happens only after the last breakdown where an ancestral chant fills the summer sky above Camberwell with pure emotion.
Perfectly produced and immaculately mastered, 'Painted Lady' is an astounding release that you want to make sure it gets a front place in your case!