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The Crooked Man ★★★ DFA

Richard Bar­ratt is The Crooked Man, a Sh­effield dude who spent time in the rave trenches of old as a DJ and pro­ducer. Bar­ratt has col­lab­o­rated with the likes of Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H Kirk (on Warp bleep techno project Sweet Ex­or­cist). His de­but solo al­bum is a lovely re­minder of how soul­ful tex­tures and emo­tional fris­son can be ap­plied to house mu­sic, as he and col­lab­o­ra­tors Michael Ward (Clock DVA) and Dave Lewin push the but­tons and make the right calls on the ma­te­rial. A track such as Pre­set is a real joy, an old-fash­ioned an­them in one sense, but one that also goes deep with its peace, love and un­der­stand­ing vibes. Else­where, Bar­ratt makes great use of vo­cal­ists Pete Simp­son, Amy Dou­glas, Rachel E and Danae Welling­ton to help the ma­te­rial blos­som. An al­bum for truth seek­ers look­ing for sal­va­tion on the dance­floor.

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