#60: Slaves – Acts Of Fear And Love
Axel Willner – The Field – didn’t do anything revolutionary on From Here We Go Sublime. It didn’t progress his chosen field – although the exact nature of that chosen field can be a little blurry at times on the record? Is it trance? Is it a more European techno? People at the time were enamored with the term “microhouse” and there’s definitely something to that term here. It’s certainly in a broad sense house music: the 4/4 beat, the hi-hats on the twos, the looping instrumentation, the arpeggios. However, it feels like house music that has been compressed and blurred until it fits in a small, compact space; it’s the perfection of a form that existed for a nascent moment in time, the epitome of microhouse and a bangin’ good album. Every sample Willner uses is piled on top of the last, layers piled on layers until you can no longer see the bottom; shot through all of that is a tight, thumping bass that pushes more air than the next six house records combined. It’s the very definition of minimalism in EDM, and it’s textured, treated hooks burrow under your skin and stay there for life.