2Lanes: Baby’s Born To Fish​.​.​. / Impish Desires 12″ (Portage Garage Sounds, 2020)

November 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

2Lanes: Baby’s Born To Fish​.​.​. / Impish Desires 12″

The latest single from DJ, producer, and promoter 2Lanes features an all-star cast of Detroit musicians. “Baby’s Born To Fish​.​.​.” has a tough, industrious bumping beat and lush, billowing synths and piano clouds. Taking center stage is the fantastic Kesswa, who delivers hopeful lyrics about making it through the daily grind, even though it’s frustrating to be meeting deadlines and never certain of what’s going to happen next. The bottom line is “I’m gonna be fine.” Ian Fink, Shigeto, and John F.M. also contribute to the track, but Kesswa shines brightest. Easily one of the most inventive, addictive dance tracks of the year. On the other side, “Impish Desires” (with Ji Hoon) is some raw electro that swerves and twitches. Not so much the beats, which stay locked in, but the synths and dialog samples (“you’re in great danger”) all seem designed to make you constantly look over your shoulder. And then a fog-shrouded flute solo adds a different shade of trippiness to it all.

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