Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui: “Pacific House”
Let’s go back, way back. As our pop culture rapidly consumes itself, there seems to be nowhere left to look but behind us, at a vast catalogue of musical detritus that seems to get larger as more is excavated, reissued and repackaged. Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt aka Nacho Patrol aka a thousand other things and Xosar quite rightly don’t seem to have such worries – as Trackman Lafonte and Bonquiqui they’ve even released music under the sub-genre “1992 Cali Soul House” – what matters to these disparate producers is the groove. Unadorned, direct and irresistible, “Pacific House” falls in line with the doctrine applied by UK artist Heatsick: strip back the hard-hitting bassy production, cut out the stereo-killing midrange gloss and you’re left with a production that suggests far more. Left to fill in the blanks left by the departed super-fidelity, the listener becomes more involved with every sun-blanched chord change, they’re submerged into the rhythm. Meanwhile, the video synth and VHS collage collaboration/collision between Tommy Blackburn and Malcolm Elijah meets that aesthetic where it lives and takes it to another level. ”Pacific House” is summer primitivism which could have been birthed in the late 80s sure, but the feeling is to be had today, right now.
Written by Michael Kasparis