It’s nice to see Kim Ann Foxman step firmly out from under the wing of Hercules & Love Affair, a collective that has defined her career for the last five years or so, to hint at what she has to offer the world. The EP is the debut release from her on her own Firehouse imprint, a label that she’s set up in tandem with The Vinyl Factory to release her music and hopefully others’.
‘Classic’ is the first word that springs to mind to describe the sound of the A-side, ‘It’s All About You’. It’s a pretty tried and tested sounding house track, crossed in parts with squelchy acid lines. Using vocal snippets, glitches and intertwining melodies. It’s quite enjoyable and people will definitely groove to it. It sounds like she’s been quite influenced by Steffi’s album ‘Yours & Mine’.
The B-side, ‘Steal My Secrets’, is more down-tempo and tame than the opener, with very little common features between the two. The track opens with a typical breakbeat loop and repetitive piano riff that quickly evolves into a slow moving, Korg M1 sounding riff that remains throughout, steadily dragging on the beat. Bits of vocals come and go, and the lead elements are sometimes accompanied by a chirpy lead line or spacey pads. It’s quite pleasant to listen to and is definitely something for easy listening.
Out now through all major outlets.