Late 2014, a duo of unknown producers from Lyon surfaced with ‘Agorespace‘, a roiling 3-track tallboy doped on bubbly tribal house, gossamer synth harmonics and hard-nosed broken-beat. The Pilotwings, that’s their name – likely baptized in reference to the Super Nintendo game, ostensibly stood out in an overcrowded pool of emerging prospects with their couldn’t-give-a-damn approach, laying the first stone to the shape-shifting yet cohesive body of work that was yet to come.
Freshly returned with a sophomore instalment for home-label BFDM – whilst another slab for Macadam Mambo is on its way to the record stores, the French pair explore a similar avenue without giving up on their original explosiveness and imaginative templates. ‘Molitor 71‘ operates a slight bend though: the drum work appears more subtly damascened into its shell of crystalline synthscapes and chilled flute lines, just as fresh but more finely executed technically-wise.
"The track offers a wide panoramic view on old-school breakbeat and sun-streaked house a la Ron Trent."
Opening festivities, ‘31 Septembre (On Va Tout Niker)‘ sets the tone straightaway. Ethereal panpipes and zen pads let off in a pure spirit kind of dreamy lift over endless canopies and bountiful vegetal expanses. The rhythm revs up quite dramatically on ‘Les Invasions Babar‘, a fast-mover blazing with a churning italo-disco groove, hurtling down in steep portamentos, from a high-pitched sunny side to its shady negative in a relentless cascading.
Most certainly the highlight of this four-tracker, ‘Congo Libre‘ incorporates a pervasive string of signature jungle breaks’ samples over bewitching flute and sensuous sax stabs while soft-toned keyboard notes breeze in and out in all lightness. The track offers a wide panoramic view on old-school breakbeat and sun-streaked house a la Ron Trent, as delectable for the senses as it invites to test its wealth of floor and home-listening built-in abilities on different fronts.
"'Molitor 71' hits the mark with force and self-restraint, offering a taste of transcendental music that's no short of splendid."
Last but not least, ‘Buruganda Ouverture‘ closes the odyssey. A dripping arpeggio of fragile synth chimes marries an otherworldly choir, but despite its nostalgia, it hardly feels like an au-revoir. Tenuous percussions breathe in a newly-born pulsation and the untroubled tranquility of its wistful keys and arrangements leaves a durable sensation of appeasement. ‘Molitor 71′ hits the mark with force and self-restraint, offering a taste of transcendental music that’s no short of splendid.
Molitor 71 is out now, order a copy from Juno.
A1. 31 Septembre (On Va Tout Niker)
A2. Les Invasions Babar
B1. Congo Libre
B2. Buruganda Ouverture