Casino Times is the project of producers Joseph Spencer and Nicholas Church - a musical partnership that is rooted in house and techno but with influences that stretch far and wide. After releases on Futureboogie, Permanent Vacation and Wolf, the pair come strong with this label debut for Omena. "System Translator" begins the journey, showing off their duo's penchant for crisp beats, vocodered melodies and dreamy atmospheres. A nice collection of sounds which work in an ethereal and elevating symbiosis. "Keyboard Warrior" recalls elements of Instant House with its lively tribal perc, wobbly leads and deep house rhythms. Growing steadily throughout, the track's inner fire and ferocity burns strong and should keep the true house music flavour alive on any dancefloor it graces. Flip for the glacial and concentric shuffle of "Simulation Bamboo". Like ice skating around a technicoloured, touch sensitive serious of platforms, raindrop arpeggios and phazed strings converge on the track, making for a hallucinatory listen primed for the club. Finally "Man Machine Interface" concludes with a sleazy slo-mo boogie track; perfect for the ALFOS crowd with its jagged industrious beats, dark lead and sci-fi-aligned aesthetic. Excellent stuff!
released January 16, 2017