Andy Vaz : Moon Talk Protection EP

One wonders how vinyl acolyte Andy Vaz finds time to create his own music when so much time and energy is spent getting Yore, Background, and A Touch of Class recordings into listeners' hands. Moon Talk Protection, his latest EP release on the Paris-based Telegraph imprint, obviously shows that, somehow, the Düsseldorf denizen does find the time. The A-side's “Moon Talk Alert (Dangerous Mix)” finds Vaz in slinky house mode. Layers build rapidly as the groove settles into a handclap-driven swing flecked with hard-wired acid flavour and squiggly synth flourishes, and the eight-minute running time offers ample opportunity for the tune's high-velocity attack to get deep and hypnotic. Vaz sweetens the even slinkier “Deep Protection Against Moon Talk Attacks” by adding bongos, shakers, and spindly jazz guitar riffing to its synth-drenched stomp while the steaming pulse in the jubilant closer “Returning Constant Babbling Back to Them (Destroy Mix)” exposes house's disco roots. The new material's encompassing stylistic scope—elements of house, techno, acid, and jazz constantly intermingle in the three tracks—reveals that Vaz's ongoing exploration of house music's possibilities continues to reap fresh rewards.

March 2008