The ever-present Going Good keep in touch, building on the label’s deep listens like Mystic Jungle Tribe’s live set Live in Napoli and Ewan Jansen’s labour-of-love DAT trax Lost Embers, with new release In the Mist, a satisfying mini-album from Detroit duo Blair French & Todd Modes as Cosmic Handshakes.
On In the Mist, Blair and Todd knit live playing, samples and sequences together into a record that rarely follows predictable structures and rewards repeated listens. Rhythmic funk and reduced drum patterns underpin spare instrumentation with a restrained take on melody – that old Mark Hollis line ‘before you play two notes learn how to play one’ comes to mind more than once. The pair cover a lot of ground musically, sitting somewhere between the meticulous production of Eno-era Talking Heads, Mike Huckaby’s moodier moments and the infectious positivity of Workdub. Anchor to buoyant, steady-state rollers like the title track, pause with subtle mood shifting interludes like ‘A Midnight Swim’ or catch a glimpse of ‘Encounter with the White Desert’, before it shimmers out of sight. This is a 100% HiFi record made with care and attention – freed from the studio and ready to to be enjoyed on road trips, faithful dancefloors or in the open air.
In the Mist is out now on Going Good