So said Faux Effet a year ago. Here he is with his new album, called Nu. And, for you, it’s a free download of quality house music. The album is a collection of quality tracks, but being made over a period is not iontended as a whole.
Faux Effet is another in this seemingy endless stream of talented Swedes doing house music. He’s also a fan of titles that sound nice but have no meaning – Aostuc, Nemua Anez, Fant for eample. The album has new tracks and older ones. It’s a collection or compilation, rather than an album in the old sense.
Opener, Youlosceen is a driving piece of synth house, with an unexpectedly impassioned vocal. Comes over slightly retro. The sounds of Aostuc are both classic and modern. Familiar and yet new. It’s something to do with the deep house elements and the vocals. Their nagging familiarity but treated so they don’t sound quite as you remember. Faux Effet explains,”they are actually from Rolling in the Deep by Adele and How Deep Is Your Love by Sean Paul and Kelly Rowland (lol), with some chopping and pitch processing.” Neglekt manages the trick of being both upbeat and melancholic, with the yearning “I need you” sample acting as counterpoint to the chiming synth. Lovely.
The mood changes on Nemua Anez into something more abstract and approaching IDM. The strings and chopping synth give it an almost Eastern feel – like something for an updated version of Madam Butterfly. Fant is a strange one. Has a 90s cowbell prog house feel. Say, Sandals crossed with Slam. Poïesis an Doroqeo Dem Hac is one of those where you think stop being clever with the titles and call them something pronounceable… like Brian. This one has trumpets and feels unfinished. Boeter öi Xai has big boomy bass drums and lamenting sampled vocals. Those sorts of lovey things always sound better in French. It’s the law.
Lovely bit of techno house, Ursag en Alotheia Quevron, whatever the title actually means. Starts off in a serious marching techno style before gradually evolving into bleepy synth house and finally adding some unintelligible but nice sounding vocals to leave a pleasingly uplifting effect. Of the vocals, Faux Effet says “featuring “wise words” from a Zen master and time stretched vocals.” Oblir Vaeh is another with a more solidly techno style but this time heading into dub techno with all the echoed effects and wooziness.
The final track is Em Lëaiu on Citré. Fuax Effet says “more of an ambient techno experience.” Sort of, I reply. There’s a lot more techno to much of it than there is ambient. The first three minutes are all about a heavy, heavy kick drum. Merciless in an early 90s Teutonic techno kind of way. Then, at the point when your brains are curdling and dribbling out of your ears, there’s a little tinkling of synths and keening of strings. The track mellows out in an after-the-storm way. A little sunshine emerges. The drums do return but the synth refrain keeps it more on the soothing side.
The variety of the album is its strength. It may end up slightly uneven but there’s little duffness here and a lot to love.