Andrew Emil

Andrew Emil Presents Four Play Music

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DJ Andrew Emil is a formally trained music engineer and classical percussionist, and also an avid aficionado of the house music scene in his native Chicago. All of his various musical passions have converged in his Four Play Music label, which serves as a home base for his own excursions in house music and for the work of some of his favorite local artists. This generously packed compilation offers a nice overview of the label's output, and though it suffers a bit from the usual weaknesses that tend to afflict this kind of project, it nicely rewards close listening as well as providing more than a few seriously booty shaking grooves. Highlight tracks include the irresistibly bubbly "Rockument," by Pat Nice and J-Rod, and the soulfully dubbed-up "CTF (Nick Santillian Dub)," a piece of Emil's that features a nicely manipulated (and uncredited) female vocal. Of the three mixes of Lake Street Project's "Forever" that are featured here, the best is the "D's Refried Edit" version, which draws heavily on soca and jazz influences. On the less compelling side are a ho-hum two-chord slog by Pat Nice and J-Rod titled "4 Day Weekend" and Emil's overlong "Professional," but overall this album offers a nice mix of functional groove music and interesting experimentation.

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