On February 24, Matthew Herbert released “Part 8” EP on his Accidental Records.
For now, it is the last installment of the “Parts” series initiated in 1995, the completing part to date of the house-focused material by the British electronic musician and producer, delivered under the moniker of Herbert.
“Part 8” was the reactivated series’ culminating highlight for 2015, the third of a row of consecutive releases, which drew attention throughout 2014 with the previous numerals. The EP contains four tracks, featuring vocals by Rehel (Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne) and Ade (Ade Omotayo) in two of them, the most relevant.
Rehel braids her voice to the brave staccato of ‘The Wrong Place,’ a track that reveals his inventiveness for pushing boundaries and breaking conventions. To dare into that needs technical skills and a good command on the elements to ensure a melody comes out of it. Fragmented, but the unconventional, no linear built-up melody exits. Parts, fragments, and repetition are for the ‘Ticket‘ to ride on the deconstructed properties of House.
In “Palmas,” setback goes the initial ‘Remember Ken,’ not in a proper Flamenco way, but as an abstraction of another rhythm pattern can be the counterpart of a piano line leading to Ade‘s voice and a close and soulful approach to a customized Deep House. Finally, ‘Her Face‘ is bound to tribute the liquidity sound of the steel percussions on the way constructed in multilayered tickling melodies.
“Parts” series conforms a side-part of Matthew Herbert‘s versatility, diversified but cohesive, abruptly interrupted in 1996 but reinforced to #8 in 2015. The last? I hope not.