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The Drawing Board

The Drawing Board by Art Department
Released: May 2011
Label: Crosstown Rebels
In 2011, underground dance music found itself swept up in a wave of deep house that was moody, melodic and finely attuned to classic '90s sounds. Toronto's Art Department stake a position at the forefront of the new guard with their debut album, The Drawing Board. Dusky bass lines twine around trim machine drumming and fizzy analog synths, kicking up late-night grooves that run a little slower and a lot deeper than house music's more commercial permutations. The best tracks are topped off with melancholic vocals that turn them into earworms burrowing straight into your doubting heart.
Philip Sherburne