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Body Complex, the haunting, gorgeous second record from Heathered Pearls, is now streaming in its entirety on Hype Machine. Inspired by the music Jakub Alexander heard growing up outside of Detroit, the album blends the icy sheets of electronics found on its predecessor, Loyal, with steady 4/4 rhythms and moody, slow-developing melodies. Available for pre-order on Coke-bottle clear vinyl, Body Complex has been praised by The Quietus as ” catchy and compulsive…a psycho-journey through imagined streets and along deserted freeways.”
Fort Romeau writes songs that take the classic sounds of Chicago house and reconfigure them. The snatches of gospel vocals remain, as do the insistent rhythms, but the end result is more soulful and spacious. All of those preferences turn up over the course of this riveting 50-minute mix he crafted for Phonica; songs dissolve beautifully into one another, melodies rise and fall but the beat remains driving and propulsive. The result is a perfect complement to his own singular work.