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Those Voices
By: Floppy Sounds
Label: Wave Music
Release ID: WM-50219
Released: 2012-11-26

Rob Rives returns with the first Floppy Sounds single in two years after 2010’s well received “City For Sale” remixes that included Pete Heller, Tedd Paterson & Roberto Rodriguez. Reunited with “City For Sale” Vocalist Devon Dunaway, “Those Voices” could be thought of as the next step for the despairing narrator of that earlier record. Where in “City for Sale”, Dunaway was lamenting feeling left out of the New New York party, now he’s hearing voices and having deranged, paranoid delusions. Over the hammering kick drum and shifting bass patterns, Dunaway begs to be rid of “those voices” in a vocal performance somewhere between the vamped up stylings of 90’s Jackie 60 parties and the seductive tones of alleged father, Isaac Hayes. Of course, with a whopping dose of “insane” thrown in for good measure. The track captures the same neurotic, claustrophobic feel of the lyrics by welding the heavily processed vocal to a pummeling bass line and subtly shifting textures. “Those Voices” is basically Rives’ typically dark take on the classic Chicago Acid House records of the 80’s and Sound Factory tracks of the 90’s and is designed to cast a distinctively dark, but peak hour spell over the dancefloor.

On B Side “Discombobulated” Rives strips the sounds back a bit, focusing on another pummeling techhouse groove, but this time with more of a tribal flavor. While on the A-Side we had Dunaway as narrator portraying his harrowing psychological state, “Discombobulated” dispenses with the narration and paints the picture in pure sonics. A strangulated voice straight from the “Freedom House” era loops around the mix mockingly while additional disembodied vocal tones churn in and out as the track builds to a jacking groove.

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