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Gabriel by Joe Goddard
Released: Aug 2011
Label: DFA
What a strange, perfect song. Opening with an extended exhalation of hesitant choral harmonies, Joe Goddard's "Gabriel" quick-whips itself into a shape, assuming the form of a trim, bumping U.K. garage number that rides atop dry rock drumming and vocals looped to the consistency of cotton candy. The vocalist Valentina imbues her verses with heart-racing flutter, embodying club music's digital tics with entirely human finesse. "All I Know" and "Jump" dive deeper into house music's structure with the agreeably ragged panache of Four Tet or Caribou.
Philip Sherburne