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Review on: Don Chrelli - Caramel EP (RADASS001)

Released on Royal Athlete

Don Chrelli comes up with the “Caramel-EP” on Royal Athlete (actually being the labels’ first release that’s not a compilation) and he did well to do so, as this EP, including four originals and two remixes, is a joyful thing full of smooth discoid funkiness. Chrellis songs (and songs they are, there are melodies vocals and all that) with their shiny synths, retro beats and a groovy slap bass will easily put a smile on your face, a smile that sometimes might get a little wistful. “Smth Bout Yo Luv” or “Pleasure” balance between casual happiness and melancholia and have this lighter-than-air-feeling of effortlessness that makes Pop Music good, the same effortlessness you’ll find in Erlend Oyes early solo works or Borneo & Sporenburgs “Remember Today”- album on Italic. (Of course it helps that Don Chrelli has just the voice it needs for Pop.)

“Caramel”, the title track, drifts a little more into boogie territory, radiating careless energy from a quite irresistible groove that even reminds of the brighter moments of Kool & The Gang (and they had quite a lot of them back in the days). And talkbox effects? You want some? “2 U” serves you well.

Pin Up Clubs “Caramel”-Remix adds some trippy Italo space disco flavour to the package, with cosmic harmonies floating over straight beats made for the more emotional dancefloor, while the Ourra-Remix of “Pleasure” continues the great tradition of the “Extended Version” as they called it in the 80ies.

All in all: very good stuff, sometimes just highly entertaining, sometimes mirroring the magic of a lost world.
Written by João Geck
16.06.2018 - 18:24 – by Hendrik Warnke / hendrik@wordandsound.net

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