Derek Neal - Reason Machine - Funnuvojere Records
Derek Neal is a Turin based producer born in Vermont (USA). He started his DJ’in career as an undergraduate student at his college radio station and since then he’s been cultivating his interest in house and techno music. Fostered by his brother’s own producer career, who goes by the name of Motions and is 1/3 of the Montreal collective 00:AM, Derek pushed further his own interest in production to the point of proposing a set of tracks to Funnuvojere Records. Probably struck by the simplicity and effectiveness of Derek’s sound, the Berlin label agreed on releasing Reason Machine, Derek’s debut EP.
A comforting sound distinguishes this record, it is gentle and deep at the same time. If A1 - Sky City feels like diving in calm water, A2 - Jet Fuel could soundtrack a romantic date. On the flip B1 - October has a cinematic personality, envisioning a urban landscape, while B2 - Stereosense expresses a special dynamicity of sound.
Don’t get tricked by my rather emotional introduction though, Neal knows about beats and you’ll hear. From breakbeat to funk, Chicago house to dub this EP is all-round a delightful expression of contemporary club music.