Sounds Familiar is celebrating a decade in dance music by releasing 3 LP’s throughout 2023. Titled “Familiar Sounds”, after vol 1 released in April 23 which featured the likes of Dego Kamma & Masalo, Aleqs Notal Feat Anu, Kai Alcé, Retromigration and Hugo LX, the second volume of the trilogy will be out on September 1st.
Collecting six new tracks that join the dots between elastic acid house and candle-lit piano jazz, Familiar Sounds Volume 2, features Kaidi Tatham, Carista, Gigi Testa, Zopelar, Alex From Tokyo and K15, on a 12” that reaches into all corners of the roster’s electronic jazz-influenced sound.
The album begins with Kaidi Tatham’s upstart summer anthem ‘Misguided Youts’. Built on a piano vamp and an infectious horn line, the track eases into a consummate piece of future fusion, stirring the melting pot of London’s jazz and broken beat heritage into the kind of soulful jam that has rightly earned him his legendary reputation.
Things take a deep dive on track two with Carista tweaking the dials to deliver a slice of rubbery four-to-the-floor dancefloor business. Rattling snap-back snares give her track ‘Love Me Right’ a kind of early hours dynamism, the dream-like vocal sample drifting across a room of loose and swaying bodies.
Gigi Testa rounds out the A-side with shuffling outernational house track ‘Summer Snow’. Integrating his passion for global rhythms, the Rush Hour affiliate and Organica record shop owner channels the shimmering opulence of the Amalfi coast on what is an indulgent boat party of lush pads and sun-dappled melodies.
Opening the B-side, Zopelar delivers the jazzy, disco-infused house of ‘Arapuca’. There’s a skittish energy to Zopelar’s latest offering, which wriggles and jives between muted trumpet improvisations, George Duke’s ‘A Brazilian Love Affair’ and the kind of in-the pocket synth work he is known to have among his arsenal of musical skills.
Up next, Alex From Tokyo weaves in the striped back influence of his former Berlin home into the techno-pop landscape of his Japanese upbringing, heading in to go out on the cosmic club cut ‘Wa Galaxy’.
Closing out the LP is DJ, producer and man of many monikers, K15. Putting on his jazz hat perhaps most associated with his work as Culross Close, ‘Autumn’ is a solo piano ballad that brings the exuberance of high summer to a reflective end, demonstrating just how varied and open-minded the world of Sounds Familiar is.
Familiar Sounds Vol. 2 follows the release of Vol. 1 earlier this year and ahead of the final instalment in December 2023. Keeping it in the family, all three volumes will feature spot-varnished artwork and creative direction by Sounds Familiar logo creator and long-time collaborator Tyler Askew, and will be pressed and distributed by Mother Tongue.