Melbourne’s house scene has been responsible for some of the freshest house releases of the last few years, pushing a colourful, soul-fed sound that’s put the city on the international dance scene for the first time. Alongside the likes of Untzz, Butter Sessions and BBW, Mic Newman and Francis Inferno Orchestra’s Superconscious is one of the scene’s defining labels, with great recent material from Mount Liberation Unlimited and FIO himself.
For their next trick Superconscious have tapped András, who many will know as Andras Fox, slinger of balearic slow jams alongside vocalist-in-crime Oscar. After a quiet 2015 András has retooled his signature sound here, taking the fun and colour of his earlier releases and setting them in snappier club moulds.
The transformation is a great success, as András offers a diverse EP that retains a quirky charm on each cut. Opener T.N.T.F. is a taut club construction with a stripped rhythm and a clipped synth bounce, but the addition of a sampled whistle and filtered scifi effects keep things light and fun. The other serious club offering here is standout track Gold Coast (House Mix), where balmy synths swoon in the heat under a confection of insistent funk squiggles and snares compressed to diamonds.
The rest of the EP offers more leftfield fare, like the minimal disco of Always Pumping, which rattles along at nearly 140bpm and gets a little silly at the breakdown, where a maniacally shifting melody is followed by what sounds like a kid doing a motorbike impression into a vocoder. SoyBoy is cheekier still, as a playful funk rhythm is interrupted by synthesised Eastern strings and Spaghetti Western horns. András leaves us with the Surfer’s Paradise Mix of Gold Coast, which emphasises the crystalline keys and adds a dreamy breakbeat, an unusual case of an alternate mix on an EP actually being a worthwhile addition.
András’ spacious arrangements means that even when there are a lot of oddball noises vying for your attention, each is crisp and satisfying. There’s clearly a lot of fun to be had with these tracks, but there’s a maturity to the production which means these tunes will outlast their immediate sugar rush.