Well-respected Detroit artist Andrés doesn’t need much of an introduction. For about two decades the man has been enriching our musical worlds with rock solid productions and soulful DJ-sets. Yet he doesn’t seem to be slowing down a bit as he sets the bar higher again with his latest single ‘Praises’ on Mahogani Music.
‘Praises’ is a great example of bringing your A-game to the A-side of a record. The title track is a thumping piece of house music with a fiery gospel flavor. The intro is made up of a slick beat and soft delicate keys that hint to an intimate get-together. Misleading, as the firework is unleashed in the blink of an eye. With the use of various scorching gospel samples, the track bursts out in flames. The result is the perfect weapon to tear down a dancefloor while the sweat drips off the ceiling. This track is a bomb that is proudly ticking as it waits for the dancefloors to be (re)opened to release its heat.
Bringing your A-game to the A-side is quite what you would expect, right? That doesn’t mean that the B-side is inferior though. Sometimes you just have to save the best for last. Andrés and his talented entourage treat us to the live version of his hit ‘New For You’ on the flip. Some consider this version to be the best, and we can definitely understand why. It’s warm, soulful and very charming too. The build up is like an intimate walk along the water as the sun goes down. It gracefully moves towards the climax which feels like celebrating a glorious victory after a rough ride.
That said I guess this twelve will be one of those sureshots in our dj-bags for a while. (Roman)