Released: May 2012
Label: Crosstown Rebels
If the big news in this decade's house music is a return to classic sounds, a less noted feature is the revival of song form in a four-to-the-floor context. Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels label has contributed as much as any to the phenomenon, with Art Department and Jamie Jones infusing moody, pumping club tracks with a dose of lysergic pop; now Toronto's Amirali extends Crosstown's remit with an album that owes as much to Depeche Mode as it does Larry Heard. It's a cozy, homespun record, with understated arrangements and Amirali's imperfect voice lending intimacy to slow-burning songs.