Following on from the success of last year, French live act the Modern House Quintet return here with another EP that beautifully encapsulates all that’s special about their warm, analogue-infused sound. Regardless of other they’re producing as the Modern House Quintet (but don’t be fooled – they’re very much a double act only!) or their recent alias, Cyclades, the boys’ work is always draped in quality from start to finish. Thankfully, the Egée EP, the latest release on their self-titled label offers a further example of their undoubted talent and rich production nous.
The release opens with ‘Lisa’, a warm track with a sunny disposition that’s perfect for these cooler climes. Full of heart-warming keys and twinkle-toed melodies, it’s a charming cut that gets the release off to a flying start. ‘Chora’ sees the lads go significantly deeper, with an endearing baseline set against a frantic, techno backdrop. Indicative of the other side of their production arsenal, it’s the sort of complex track that is perfectly suited to a live act.
Seeing us out the door is the sounds of ‘Schinoussa’. A dubby track that echoes the work of the likes of Jeff Mills and Basic Channel, its a rough and ready cut that’s been tailor-made with the night’s more servant moments in mind. A release of contrasting sounds and emotions, the seventh release on Modern House Quintet’s label compounds their reputation as ones to watch in 2018.