Beaumont is obviously really into the 80s. A simple look at his artwork is enough to see this, but it’s his music that ends up giving away his obsession. He made it clear in his debut, the wonderful “Blush Response” (considered here to be one of last year’s best EPs), in which he managed to distil the dreamy synthetic spirit that characterised the decade in seven cuts that sounded like the soundtrack to some lost John Carpenter thriller. But even so, there is something in the music of Michael Rintoul (even his name is 80s) that goes beyond a simple revival; connecting both subtly and directly with different manifestations of contemporariness. This idea, which was already sign-posted on the first release, is reinforced in “Never Love Me”, his new EP for Hotflush.
The change of label brings new nuances to his sound along with it; it gains rhythmic muscle and a (moderate) potential for DJs. A good example is the title cut, in which the vocal aspect is reduced to succinct unintelligible adornment; its electro-funk evocation is aimed more at artificial evasion than at the certain pop sentimentalism that hung over “Blush Response”. In the same way, the combination of vintage chords and vocoder, with sharp percussion and rough bass, perfectly illustrates the past-present pairing that we mentioned before. In the glassy “Uptown”, the nuance is incorporated by the lashing of a syncopated rhythm; once again confirming that besides his fixation on his own particular decade of champions, Rintoul is no stranger to the dynamics of contemporary bass music. This is even more apparent in “Rendez-Vous”, where he arranges an intricate rhythm to then fly over with arpeggios that smack of trance, which in this case bring him closer to AraabMuzik than to Harold Faltermeyer. In “Verona Beach” our man once again sublimates the retro-futuristic dialogue, through evolutions that wander between a sort of emo wobble and the old feeling of linoleum finishes. “Adrift”, the extra cut on the digital version of the release, is perhaps most reminiscent of his first EP, with its weave of gliding atmospheres and sweetly enchanted melodies.
In summary, another enormous release from this young Scot, who knows how to read the playing field (that is to say, the label that is releasing him). He has refined a formula that, although it isn’t revolutionary, requires a great deal of mastery to be performed so seductively. In his recent interview with us, Boxcutter mentioned that he already has a new Beaumont release for Kinnego in the pipeline. We want it now.
Never Love Me