After having hit the stores for the first time earlier this year with SEPP in command of the “Imperial Star” EP, the intriguing project of Purple Print returns to the game with Delaj. The Frenchman delivers a classy blend of minimal house music and dusty, dreamy atmospheres, confirming his great form after recent releases on labels like Lescale, Sentaku, RE.FACE, and Honne Music. We can sit back and get lost with his skillful production of putting together all the pieces.
A1 “Lost” is a beautifully paced jam, with harsh drums sound and loads of soul. Delaj opts for using some vocoder shots, coloring the frame with a sweet retro flavor, as the kick cuts the mix in a decisive but gentle way, and the percussions softly move in a question-answer game that never ends.
On the Remix, Romanian groove master Guy From Downstairs digs deeper, as he turns the original into a pure after-hours rolling tune of acid-esque splashes and old-school references. On his “Still Not Found” version, the bass drum almost blinks to big room vibes, booming alongside a hefty bassline, the overall vibe stays calm and intimistic, allowing us to trip and getting lost safely.
“Take My Time” features thinner drums and percussions that regularly oscillate from the snare, which keeps rolling on each bar. The long break and the gentle piano riff create a moment of waving motion for the floor, dropping back into the minimal texture loop quite effortlessly. Vocal shots are spot on, this time a bit radiophonic and distant.
Delaj rounds off the EP with the darker number “Jargon”, as each drum element is pitched down, giving the whole groove a stripped back and engaging feel. Harmonic elements, melodies, and synths arise alongside the repetitive bass, which starts moving in a short pattern while the movement is given by the changing synths layer and the piano notes. Some deep percussions rock the low-end area rounded and full, rolling on the beat, while female vocal shots add a pinch of mystery in the track, getting confused in the melt.
Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi