Still steamin’ from his Turner Street Sound collaboration, Midnight Tenderness serves up a dreamy first solo offering with a fire-cracker of a four-tracker for Sydney’s Ken Oath Records. The opener ‘Refresco’ is a bleary eyed house number with gently propulsive 707 cowbells and shaker rhythms over smooth pads & an infectiously jazzy bassline. The four to the floor mould is quickly broken as the EP progresses — Terme is a midtempo electro track that retains all of the dreaminess of Refresco while punching in some swish drum programming. Flipping the record over, Bevanda is a sweaty miasma of sub-bass, FM flutes and birdlike synth leads that could soundtrack an imaginary club located in the middle of Queensland’s tropical rainforests. The EP’s closer, Hydra, pushes the tempo way down and introduces some smooth guitar licks, courtesy of Riffin’ Rory as well as some lithe flute play. The end result is a sleazy New Jack Swing jam that works as well for warm-up as it does for cooling down. If you’re tired of buying boring club 12’s, look no further! This one will be as comfortable coming through your home stereo as it will be in the club.
Midnight Tenderness – Refresco EP
A1 Refresco 5:44
A2 Terme 5:42
B1 Bevanda 5:58
B2 Hydra 5:31