stylistberlin x Review: “Spoken For EP” by NR& (KM031)

0 Comments 01 February 2016


*artwork by keinemusik

Label. keinemusik
Artist. NR&
Title. Spoken For EP
Format. Vinyl & digital
Cat.Number. KM031
Release Date. 12. Feb 2016
Distribution. Keinemusik (vinyl & digital), Zebralution (digital)

“Almost exactly three years after NR&, a project uniting &ME’s and Rampa’s production with the voice of New York Disco-House-siren
Nomi, dropped their debut EP, we finally can announce a new chapter in this ongoing transatlantic menage. This very “Spoken For”
EP is comprised of two new tracks, that again fuse songwriting with floor-demands and showcase the same crackling and pulse
quickening passion that instantly has become NR&’s trademark. So here’s the evidence – a long distance relationship is not
necessarily doomed to get boring after a while.

“Taste Like” on A might be conceived as the club-affair of those two new joints. A tune indulging in self-control, extending the preeruptive
moment of excitement to track length. There is Nomi’s unmistakeable sexed up oration, flanked by an affirmative
thunderstorm of claps, then a bass heavy bridge, overflowing into a noise brushed finale. Altogether a tasty flavour carrier for an
effective floor heating.

“Spoken For” is not only the title track, but also the hymn coming out of the flipside ambush. There is no kick necessary to underpin
what Nomi’s charismatic croon is laying down. Therefore a wise choice to let the arrangement of interspersed field recordings,
percussive details and piano- and synth-decoration exercise in unobtrusiveness. Safe to say, this tune will refine many future
peaktimes anyway.”

Snippets on

Track list:

A. Taste Like: The beats are chilled and keinemusik-like as we are used to. However, the idea of having a female vocalist on the track could have worked out better, if Nomi wouldn’t have sounded throughout the track as if she had a slight congestion or was suffering from a cold. No trace of “sexed up oration” or whatsoever. The mastering seems very rough – but it doesn’t seem to work for this track. Honestly, very disappointing and not at all the quality of the usual keinemusik productions.

B. Spoken For: The vocals work better on this track, although the direction where this 115bpm track is going, would not be something that I’d play in a “normal” set. I still have to figure out where this could be squeezed in. For now, a track that could better work in a dark sequence of a movie or commercial, not on the dancefloor.

Opinion: The collab that &me and Rampa did with Nomi doesn’t seem to have the most satisfying outcome, especially since we all remember that extraordinary track by Rampa with Meggy’s vocals on it (“Everything”). The whole keinemusik crew has produced very nice tracks so far, so hopefully the next release will be as good as for example &me‘s “Trilogy EP” from last year:

Verdict: One out of Five stars.

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