Fennec Free Us of This Feeling
Published Jan 30, 2020Producer Fennec has been making music for several years now, but little is known about them. That said, the cloak of secrecy that surrounds Fennec lends that much more significance to their releases — albums without a breadth of background, simply the music itself.
Free Us of This Feeling takes big cues from Swede Axel Boman and Detroit's Omar S, settling almost exclusively into house, and putting a bit of distance in terms of sound between current and prior releases. Despite breaking out such crisp, clean house, Free Us of This Feeling has huge energy, and already sounds like an instant classic, relying heavily on the Yahama Reface and Korg Volcas, and classic looped house vocals.
First single "Boy-U" sets the tone for the entirety of the album (while being one of the best new house tracks out there) — hoppy synth with the clatter of voices in the background, a 4/4 pattern and offbeat hi-hat, and soulful vocal sample tied throughout, exceptionally reminiscent of the Avalanches' Since I Left You. Fennec's low-key profile can continue to mystify, especially if we can expect such incredible soundscapes from the producer. (Independent)