Like luminary Kerri Chandler, Franck Roger reaches beyond his association with the increasingly niche soulful house scene, and, as can be noted from a glance at his growing DJ calendar, is finding a following further afield. This is not an example of pandering productions to a particular market, but instead a result of continuous sonic experimentation and embrace of an aesthetic that has happened to win favour from different movements in underground dance music.
His latest release on Real Tone Records forgoes the widespread studio employment of sequencers and returns to his collection of hardware and trusted MPC: ‘Love Is Always’ and ‘When You Touch’ were recorded live to DAT, with the resultant imperfections left intact. Both cuts are loud, driving and simmering with tape hiss. Repetitive vocal snaps are teased by increasingly frantic percussive elements and delayed loops pushed excitably high in the mix.
‘When You Touch’ is the stand out here, its midpoint cutaway to a teasing riff amidst swirling atmospherics providing the perfect promise of a triumphant vocal return that is set to cause commotion at his Hustle gig in Liverpool this weekend.