Review: The Off-Key Hat – Emergency Calling

Label: Dissident
Catalog#: OFF KEY 2

Tracklist:
A: Emergency Calling

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Time for something completely different. This is probably one of the best modern disco releases I’ve heard in ages.

A futuristic disco piece that sounds timeless, even though it has a resemblance from the 70’s and onwards, it’s just the style that carries the weight of influence – it’s utterly unique and fresh.

The vocals sound as Farah from the Italians Do It Better camp, but I can’t say that for sure. As for the sound, it’s a slow paced synth and chords driven track, with a heavy beat and bass. Combined with haunting buildups and the lack of percussion that got exchanged with guitar riffs and a more classically oriented wall of sound, things get tense in a different way than productions in the same area.

Drifting and improvised structures in the melody keeps the track from failing the test of time, taking the best bits out of disco and the closely related genres, transforming it to a modern theme.

I love it!

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2 Responses to “Review: The Off-Key Hat – Emergency Calling”


  1. 1 b_c February 20, 2009 at 11:21

    hey, nice find! love it too, a very haunting track. unfortunately vinyl only…

  2. 2 umstrum May 29, 2009 at 17:24

    greaaaat track! just heard it on the Rove Dogs & Golden Bug mixtape (http://www.silicongarden.tv/mixtapes) and had to find it…
    by the way, in the same style Glass Candy’s new track ‘Animal Imagination’ is a killer. listen to it here:
    http://umstrum.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/glass-candy-electronu-disco-us/
    have a good day


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