Awaited by fans of the recent hype electronic scene embodied by Dj’s such as Kaytranada and High Klassified, the first EP of Canadian producer and instrumentalist Pomo has just been released this month. Member of HW&W recordings and based in Montréal since his departure from the Canadian West Coast and Vancouver, the eclectic music of Pomo is influenced by diverse styles: the energy of hip-hop to house, funk and disco. One thing’s for sure, “The Other Day” will give rhythm to many of your next parties.
The EP begins with “So Fine”, Pomo’s most important track to date. Musically laid-back, the track puts the bases of the style looked for by the DJ throughout “The Other Day”. “So Fine”, could be, as a matter of fact, the representation of the beginning of your evening: energetic and joyful. “How I Feel” has for common thread a funky guitar riff, accompanied by a sound of synth which is becoming extremely popular in the trendiest clubs of cities in the likes of Montréal. Effective and lively, the track shows a great deal of professionalism in the mixing style of Pomo, which might lack in a track as “So Fine”.
Let me now stop on “Cherry Funk”. The track, produced with Kaytranada, perfectly mixes the basses, which have since become Kay’s sound signature, and the rhythm of synths evoking more a summery atmosphere rather than the underground inspirations of Kaytranada. At the moment, the global seducing rhythm of the EP aims at dancing, the perfect recipe for a successful party (whether you’re part of the hype community of your city or not).
The following song, “On My Mind”, perfectly illustrates the impact that the biggest funk guitarists as Nile Rodgers had on the current independent electro scene. The title could even be confused with a disco-funk hit of the 80’s as it effectively borrows the ubiquitous instruments (guitar and a kick-ass bass line) used by the groups of that period (Sister Sledge, Chic, Indeep…)
“Cloud Cruise”, is directly influenced by the house music style embodied by British producer Lone. The style also known under the name of “nerve”, is a mixture of minimal and tech-house with touches of funk. Characterized by the “sweeps” and “stabs” played by the synth, the song seems to aim the end of the EP towards a style based on European influences, heard in London and Berlin clubs. “Back 2 U” confirms my hypothesis, which will however completely be unjustified with the last track of the record. Pomo gives way to a song with a completely original sound, which distances itself from every other track of The Other Day. “Distant Luuver”, could be seen as the return to reality, as if the party in which were present all the previous songs came to an end. Pomo announces that it’s time to see the sun again: it’s six o’clock in the morning, the lights of the club begin to flare up or your house party is gradually calming down, and you’re listening to “Distant Luuver” between that girl who eventually vomited her whiskey-Coke brawl and the guy who finished by blacking out after his height consecutive beer-pong victories. The song inhales the good mood and calms you from your post-evening hangover stress.
Although widely influenced by his mixing decks colleagues, Pomo produced, with The Other Day, an effective and very enjoyable debut: the EP’s dancing ambiance resounds perfectly in the ears. The only problem which emanates from the album thus concerns the orignality of the songs. Nevertheless, a track such as Distant Luuver lets me think that Pomo has more than one trick up his sleeve and that as a matter of fact, the DJ only needs some time to officially find his rightful spot within the oh-so open world that is electronic music.