Detroit doyen Patrice Scott lays down some fresh summer vibes
As producers and labels go, Patrice Scott and Sistrum never fail to hit the mark when it comes to writing music and releasing great records. If neither are on your radar, this latest EP should be an excellent introduction as Scott lays down three cuts of classy house.
A musician and Dj who graduated straight from the school of the motor city, he’s been paving the way over the last decade with a catalogue rich with soul tinged techno and house that bears little fuss, and a quality threshold that other labels would do well to take note of. In time for the summer peak, his latest “Soulfood” EP lays down three slick jams that take as much inspiration from the palette of hi-tech jazz as they do Ron Trent’s astral tones or the groove laced leanings of Spen & Karizma.
The lead track perfectly sums things up as Scott makes a nod to his heritage, rolling out Rhodes keys over a broken beat and additional melodic licks that play as much on the ear as they move your feet. Brought together by a bubbling bassline that flows throughout, the mood set is most definitely enchanting. Heading towards the ethereal plains, “Feels So Good” on the flipside goes a little heavier on the kick and is more in keeping with the label’s deeply rooted origins. Swirling percussion and a warm pads add to the general hazy feel which will no doubt find favour with those setting sail into the late night. “Instant Gratification” switches to a slightly cleaner palette as Scott focuses on a corsage of keys, strings and rounded bass that nestle together with syncopated beats – full of goodness, you won’t be disappointed in adding this to the menu.