- AMAM009 | Bryan Zentz - Sycamore Trax EP (Incl.Todd Bodine remix)
Since its start in early 2010, Amam Records has mostly been focused on presenting newer, up-and-coming names, but the music has always shown an old-school house inspiration across the board. Now, an influential veteran producer joins the crew: Bryan Zentz. Since making his mark Barada for Richie Hawtin’s Definitive Recordings in the mid-90s (before the days of M-nus!), he’s released tracks and remixes on some of the world’s most respected electronic dance imprints including Bush, Spectral Sound, and most recently Plus 8.
Bryan Zentz’s new EP, titled Sycamore Trax, begins with “Double R”, based on a thumping groove and a robotic swing that harks back to his vintage material, yet sounds unmistakably current, fitting in perfectly with the Amam aural aesthetic. Then, Todd Bodine of Highgrade Records tightens up the looseness and arranges it onto a techno grid, finding a new way to express the hypnotic ambience of the original.
On the flip side, Zentz offers two more originals: “Ghostwood”, which shows his personal perspective on Detroit sounds, and the jittery, sprightly “Packard” which ends the EP on an uplifting note.