Review: Furious Frank - Dream Of Love EP
Furious Franks’ relocation finds itself on yet another venture with Melbourne label Paper Cuts after previous releases on Butter Sessions and Ken Oath records. ‘Dream Of Love’ is the latest from the Melbourne via Adelaide producers’ acid speckled palette. This 5-track hot-flush traverses both space and time depicting a creative journey dating back to 2017.
The title track ‘Dream Of Love’ comes in two neat little packages. First up the ‘606 Trance Mix’ is like having butterflies in your stomach and ants in your pants at the same time. As any good trance track will do, there is a sense of innocent urgency developed between the rhythmic percussion and the snappy piercing impact of the snare and kick. An ethereal blend of atmospheric pads and the sounds of country are a small head nod of appreciation to a distinctly Australian sound.
The ‘D.O.L 808 Dream Mix’ is the perfect A-side palette cleanser. This track has more affinity with the eclectic house sound that we have become accustomed to hearing from Furious Frank and mellifluously ushers in a rollicking B-side. “Hey Freako” kicks off with a stop, drop and roll breakbeat drum pattern which cools off and disseminates into a distorted, jacking acid-house number featuring some sly synthesised arps by the other-worldly Roza Terenzi.
This track transition is a subliminal flex on behalf of both FF and Sleep D’s notorious Corey Kikos (the man responsible for the records mixing and mastering). Each track is a pavement slapper in its own right, but the experience of the record as a whole has been subtly curated. The way ‘Hey Freako’ peaks and levels out into ‘Green Fields’ functions as a barometer for the entire record, is just more evidence of a well considered collection of work that is representative of the extended time period in which it took to compile.
Finishing the record at a sprint is ‘Don Bosco’ which again highlights a distinct acid infused lead and is carried by a galloping bass line that puts its own twist on the term eclectic house. Furiously fantastic.
Words: Jack Ball