The final chapter of this week's mid tempo delight comes from a rather mysterious figure that goes by the witty name of Norm De Plume. "Nom de plume" is french for an author's "pen name" or "pseudonym" which the London based producer took and gave it a clever spin. The first instance of his name appeared for the first time in the autumn of 2010 as a remixer for Tornado Wallace's famous 'Always Twirling', and just one month later he was debuting his first ever EP on his own newly founded Plumage Records. Since then, he released another EP on Kolour Ltd which featured a remix by the previously featured Franc Spangler, has started a monthly night with Matt Masters called 'Wayward' and landed a job a job Delusion Of Grandeur for which he also hosts a monthly podcast.
The second Plumage release comes after a 4 year hiatus and exhibits a heightened musical taste and an increased editing skill and producing talent from Noir De Plume. 'Ohio Replayed' reigns king on Side A with it's deep and slow buildup that builds into an ever crescendo featuring a fine cut cheerful disco vocal sampling, warm guitar riffs and a very natural sounding bass line. The track then falls abruptly into a hypnotic state where glittering echoed jingles pass around while a heavily repeated organ pulses away into an exquisite easter-egg vocal sampling before before the tracks returns to it's main path of rising and falling back to the swinging drum pattern that sparked it all.
In direct contrast to it's sister, Side B makes way for 'Stretchin' Gretchen', a looped up latin work-out featuring a thumping kick, lively wood blocks and an almost silent bass melody that's chanted away by a repeating cheerful vocal cut'n'loop. The breakdown reveals another hidden layer of submerged spanish guitars and funky samba-esque brass fills overlaid by a fine two note pitched string pad. On it way to the finish line, the track greets us by two suggestive speech lines, both and male and female, that conclude with an orgasmic "Ahh!" before finishing in all its glory leaving us drunk for more.
Out on the 10th of April in a limited batch of 300 copies, Norm De Plume's latest edit package is a staple of modern english edits re-assuring us that disco is not dead and will probably never be!