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Mugwump "Boutade" — International Feel | XLR8R Review
"Boutade" first hit the market on Ewan Pearson's sparsely populated Misericord label in 2008. Nonetheless, despite that limited initial exposure, the song's cinematic, jazz-boogie fusion has endured. The soundtrack to a sun-soaked stroll along an international boardwalk, the track is a swirling tide pool of orchestral string arrangements, dramatic timpani bombast, and Detroit-inspired bass that chugs along while enjoying the calming massage of spaced-out atmospherics."
"Giving the track dancefloor potential in a remix and dub pairing, Elstob's overt references to his source material are few, favoring Footprintz's lyric-less harmonies for most of the former, and keeping only the essence of the original on the latter. Rooted in a live-seeming cosmic shuffle, each version is a tripped excursion in anti-gravity flanger and meandering, melodic acid lines."
"'Reach Out Feel' maintains the underground house proclivities that have garnered previous Debukas releases so much praise. But here, Clark is also highlighting a pop prowess that he's typically only hinted at, as densely layered percussion gives way to a bulbous analog bass riff and keyboard melodies plucked from late-'80s electro, with vocals to match. Listening to the track, it becomes clear why Debukas is often compared to acts like Hot Chip."
"As the track proceeds, hiccuping drums, the light cascade of keys, asymmetrical bursts of bass, and a swinging ride cymbal are slowly added to the mix. A feat of meticulous programming, the harmonious clamor fades only momentarily, revealing a 4/4 beat that every previous drum hit seemed determined to avoid. This interlude is short lived though, as Blacksmif returns to gusts of rough-edged synth and a dizzying shuffle."