Little Freaky Things – Saturne
Following on from their acclaimed debut ‘Nightfall’ – supported by everyone from Diplo to Skream to Claude VonStroke and Groove Armada – house producer extraordinaire Donovans and vocalist Mai Lan Chapiron team up for a second scintillating round of action as Little Freaky Things. What began as a chance MySpace meeting has led to a fruitful collaborative partnership with a very exciting future.
‘Saturne’ is a slice of delicately crafted electronic pop that recalls the likes of Au Revoir Simone and Annie on the vocal front, and Hudson Mohawke at his more chilled in its sonic textures. Syrupy, heavily phasered lead lines glide atop booming 808 bass and warm, airy pads in sublime synergy, making for a classy slice of radio-friendly electronica.
Donovans’ own mix takes minor chord deep house stabs and a old skool drum machine broken beat as its textural bed, pitching the vocals down and warping them towards robotic tendencies before a pounding, bass-heavy drop comes into play. The ruggedness increases as the track progresses, creating a markedly darker version for moody club floors. Youan takes the track to a hook-driven, euphoric house place, with old skool bass, skippy crisp beats and an infectious lead line. Eero Johannes’ version slows the tempo down and injects a flurry of woozy, colorful synths to create a bonafide summer stereo slammer, while Italian talent Broke One completes the package with a 2-step garage inflected rhythm, bruising kicks and plenty of zesty synth chord wizardry.