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Trus'me: Working Nights

Trus'me: Working Nights

Label:Fat City
Release Date:2008

By David J. Drake | Posted 1/30/2008

Disco never left. Or, rather, the four-on-the-floor never left. Trus'me, the performing face of Manchester, U.K., producer and DJ David Wolstencroft, has emerged from the vinyl stacks with a soft spot for disco's ephemeral vibe, not just its familiar kick-drum beat. With the crate-digging methodology of a hip-hop producer, Wolstencroft tastefully cites a wood-paneled, shag-carpeted '70s aura, with swirling strings, organic (sounding) instrumentation, and blazing horn samples, yet successfully differentiates himself from the pack of disco rehashes.

Revitalizing the disco vibe is not a groundbreaking concept; artists such as Theo Parrish, whose Ugly Edits are a definitive collection of re-edited disco cuts, and Moodymann, to whose soulful style Trus'me owes a significant debt, have been working in this vein for many years to great creative success.

What separates Trus'me from the pack is his ear for atmosphere. "Narda," initially released as a 12-inch single in early 2007, relies on an epic buildup of tension, with boiling strings and a kick drum eventually shooting into a florid groove. The only weaknesses-an unnecessary reliance on between-song filler and an overwrought, meandering "message" track titled "W.A.R."-are inoffensive in their mediocrity. The album's centerpiece is the masterful title track, a deeply powerful nighttime groove that lulls dancers to its lonely rhythm, decorated sparsely with warm flutes and echoing guitars. Working Nights, for all its retro window dressing, feels expansive and mysterious, with disco's communal spirit replaced by a distinctive ambiance of nocturnal solitude.

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