- Morse code house piano riffs can be reassuring. Take the second and third tracks on this three song EP. The title of "Talk to the Hand" is a signal: this is an affectionate goof on trad-house. The first three minutes spotlight different drum textures (my favorite is the last, a jazzy full kit); then a simple up-and-down house piano riff comes in like something you'd hear at a fashion show. But it's not so much a parody as a tweak, an upgrade and a brilliant piece of engineering. "Curesto" is a little more overtly dramatic—moody strings, an odd urgency—and its piano pattern helps push things along.
"Sisi," the A-side, is a lot techier. At the track's center is a short ostinato that's obviously synthesized but has a popping tonality that makes it seem as if it's being plucked rather than programmed, partly because it lines up so precisely with the snares. Along with a dramatic breakdown (it sounds like the track is being sucked into a drain), there's nothing here you haven't experienced before. But Solomun is skillful at making the whole thing pop even when you figure out what's going to happen next.
02. Talk to the Hand
04. Sisi (Drum Dub)