Following his celebrated Fusion (Broadcast Mix)’ 12″, Will DiMaggio returns to Future Times with debut LP, «At Ease.» Recorded 2016-17 at the now-illustrious Fairview Ave spot alongside roommates DJ Python, Anthony Naples, and the Exotic Dance crew, «At Ease» is equal parts dizzy street beats and live keyboard action.
DiMaggio has a keen sense of dance music and how it gets to dancers, as evidenced in his stellar DJ mixes. At Ease’ is no different, navigating listeners through a lush array of sounds that hints at DiMaggio’s love of 90s hybrid techno, jazz(tronica) and deep house, all in psychedelic fashion.
Drums juggle around the beat constantly during opener «Fairview Jam,» before DiMaggio’s synth work takes the tune to space. «Steppin W Friends» is pure mellow heat. «All Good (Jazz Mix)» and «UH UH OH» are two opulent, soulful cuts, funky in a way most can’t do. On the second disc, «O God Dam (Sus Mix)» and «Ooze Mix» go in and out of fidelity, tape hiss giving way to clarity and back again, gritty drums and crystal pads, biting synths and soft keys. «Could Be The Look,» in that mysterious D1 spot, turns inside-out with cascading synth work and impossible-to-grab kicks that slam in and out, while «For T» closes with hi speed but horizontal