Oliver | Mechanical EP (Fool’s Gold)

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oliver 75When the light turns green, you don’t blast down the road, because you’re just chill as shit right now.

There’s no way to mistake the song titles on this EP, because they’re the only words you hear. Oliver clearly understands the importance of repetition to the point where you become enthralled with the beat, and lyrics sound more like a wordless vocal chant that must continue or else the spell will break. Mechanical is Oliver’s debut EP on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records. It consists of four original house tracks with a distinctly regimented groove that tells you exactly how to move every step of the way.

“MYB” has a very sure-of-itself disco feel with rhythms that make your feet slide rather than stomp, as seems to be the trend in most recent house music. The lyrics are sung by a fabricated robot voice reminiscent of Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock.”

“Night Is on My Mind” is a song designed specifically for driving, with a pulsing beat that makes you bob your head and stare down the guy in the car next to you while you slowly turn the volume up. And when the light turns green, you don’t blast down the road, because you’re just chill as shit right now.

Although “Control” is the least-desirable track on this EP, I could definitely see the empty feeling of this track leaving lots of space for some excellent remixes in the future. “Mechanical” sounds like it was lifted directly from the Drive soundtrack. It’s as ’80s as you can go without becoming a cliché—truly a difficult feat in the wave of 2012 dance music revivalists. I imagine someone having just had their heart broken: This song starts to play, and the narrator thinks to himself, “Cool guys don’t look back.” B+ | Brian Cheli

RIYL: Kavinsky, The Bloody Beetroots, Digitalism

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