Deep / Tech House
November 13, 2015
Toph's been a long-kept secret here in Detroit, running a studio frequented by the likes of Jay Daniel, Mike Agent X Clark, Craig Huckaby, Seth Dedikate Carter, Alan Barnes, and more. He's a secret no-longer thanks to his first proper release through Rocksteady Disco for both DJ heads and record collectors/listeners alike. This record will be the line in the sand regarding the up-and-coming producers out of Detroit in 2015. Don't sleep, unless it's a disco nap. Moving Pictures starts off with a field recording of Topher's own homies at Polyfold Music at Detroit's legendary Cliff Bell's jazz club, then quickly morphs into one of the finest demonstrations of house music in a hot minute. Its the perfect combination of classic drum machines and synthesizers with live acoustic performances from Topher himself. Love On The L brings the mood back down after the explosion that is Moving Pictures. This tracks features field recordings of the L in Chicago, captured by Topher when he was visiting his lover across Lake Michigan. Combined with driving drums and a bouncy bassline this ones as catchy as it is danceable. Moving right along to I Like Your Motorcycle youll hear the most beautiful piano arranging on the entire release, performed by Topher himself on a variety of his personal keyboards including a dilapidated, Detroit-made Grinnell Bros 1918 upright piano and 88-key suitcase Fender Rhodes. The polyrhythms at the beginning of the track are for the brave and discerning DJs, before quickly morphing into a tune thats equally foot-stomping as it is goosebumps-inducing. Lastly is Sumthin Jazzy, the perfect ending to the jazz house saga that is Detroit Jazz Sessions Vol. 1. Dark, ethereal, and downright nasty, this ones for the heads. Why Eye Oughta is only available for the vinyl massive, while Sumthin Jazzy is available for all via WEB release or download code included with the vinyl.