Tom Waist and Zip Stolk burst onto the Amsterdam dance scene in 2010 with their refreshing modern take on lush Chicago-inspired house music. During the next two fruitful years of activity, Homework took the European house scene by storm and released an impressive amount of best sellers and top charters, mostly on the Berlin-based Exploited imprint, but also on the UK labels Made To Play and 20:20 Vision. Then, after releasing the hugely successful 'Conversation Piece' in July 2012 followed closely by 'Confessing' in August, the Dutch duo encountered a strain of setbacks and personal matters that negatively impacted their career. Sadly to admit, we thought that was the end of the project and filed it as yet another case of these innovative-but-short-lived modern takes on electronic music we seem to encounter lately.
Luckily for all of us and worthy of a classic happy end story, this is not the case. Announced in early spring, scheduled for mid summer and postponed until late autumn, Homework's long-awaited comeback EP dropped last Monday on the amazing high quality imprint Wolf Music. For 'Conquered Enemies', Zip and Tom went back to their deep lush melodic roots and unleashed their strongest arsenal of elements and techniques that gave life and soul to one of their best releases, comparable to the highly acclaimed sought-after 'Hudson Square EP' from 2011.
Just take the title track as example and with it Diane Ross' soothing vocals flowing smoothly over warm Rhodes pads and stabs, crying strings and deep moody bass riffs. Then there's the sorrowful 'Time & Time' that borrows another classic vocal and layers it over funky guitar strings, glistening Wurlitzer notes, sparkling melodies and nostalgic synth lines creating yet another masterpiece that will see countless plays in the following years. Maintaining the overall mood, but taking it much deeper is 'Back To The Masses', a more instrumental arrangement of tight kicks, low-note wide jazz strings, slapped percussions and the trademark savoury piano keys. The recurring guitar riffs and looping vocal chants add a layer of mysticism to an already hypnotic piece of modern deep house music. Completing the package is the the rather mysterious Graham Luckhurst, a regular on Wolf Music since 2011 and one of the three "resident producers" of the label. Greymatter takes the title track for a spin and infuses it with loads of ecstatic momentum, passes it through his trademark raw filter and gets it nice and ready for some much-welcomed dancefloor shenanigans.
So there you have it: one of our favourite house acts of this decade is back in full force and hopefully here to stay for at least another 4 years. Let's give the boys a warm welcome-back by purchasing this astounding piece of hot wax!