Far more layered than their previous efforts, the New Deal's Receiver EP provides excerpts from a future album release. Like the band's other work, the four songs on this disc are heavily improvised. With more experience under their belt, however, the band's improvisations have taken on a new maturity, an almost unconscious structuring. For the most part, the band has a much clearer picture of beginning, middle, and end. While their music was always interesting as intelligently cyclical dance grooves, they often lost track of the broader musical picture. On tracks like "Sub Sky," the band effortlessly and collectively brings the jam to an almost complete -- and logical -- silence before fading up into a new theme. Again, keyboardist Jamie Shields shows much growth between releases, developing a melody with his right hand and interacting flawlessly with bassist Dan Kurtz with his left. On "Exciting New Direction," the band finally gets the right mix, Darren Shearer's drums at precisely the correct cleanliness for house music. This is the closest the band has yet come to sounding genuinely electronic.
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AllMusic Review by Jesse Jarnow
feat: New Deal