Ivan AM/Delicate Instruments: split 12″ EP (Buena Gente Recordings/Sheweytrax, 2021)

August 21, 2021 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ivan AM/Delicate Instruments: split 12″ EP

This record introduces Los Angeles-based producer Ivan AM and the Buena Gente Recordings imprint. “Exceed” is a straightforward tech-house roller with a simple, repetitive vocal sample, just pushing things along in a robotic conveyor belt. “Mourning Rain” has a bit more spirit to it, with a touch of gospel organ and just a general levitating feel. Nothing too involved or melodic, but it does create an aura. On the other side, Sheweytrax regular Delicate Instruments gives us some straight up jacking minimal Detroit-style house with “High Life”, which has some fun lo-bit samples from a Speak-N-Spell-type toy that recites letters of the alphabet. “Turn Away” has a breezy but also slightly melancholy vibe to it, with the sort of stripped-down Radio Shack microphone feel of certain underground techno tracks, like some DBX material.

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