by Nick Weishampel
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New York based producer Policy drops his impressive debut full length on Amsterdam’s Rush hour, after previously releasing two well received singles on the label. Like the singles, the album can be described as garage-flavored house. Hi hats skip around, while spaced-out pads and strings seem to go swirling around your head. The attention to detail in the stereo mix makes for an incredibly engaging listen ― subtle sounds seem to be coming from everywhere. Even the synth leads pulse from left to right at times. When vocals are used, they are understated and never dominate the rest of the track. Gentle phrases get pitched up and down while they dance around to the syncopated percussion.
Stand out tracks on the release are Specialty Party, One Last Time and Service Changes. On Specialty Party, an uplifting harp gets strummed over heady sub bass with a familiar clap on the two and the four. With Service Changes, an upright bass gets plucked, while a spacy synth plays lead, and strings create a sense of urgency. One Last Time has more of a deep house vibe that is very much driven by the bass line, while a melody from claves is interestingly panned all the way to the left.
Comparisons to FaltyDL (who remixed One Last Time on the album sampler) can easily be made, but Policy definitely has his own distinct, well developed style; it is a little jazzier and has a unique cinematic feel.
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