Detroit’s Ali Berger joins up with FatCat Records’ sub-label FCR to release four acid-tinged cuts entitled ‘Keys The Door EP1’.
Michigan’s Ali Berger has been making music for nearly ten years now and was first introduced to house and techno in 2012 through a party at New York’s Dope Jams. Later that year he went on to release his debut EP on Militant Science and has since gone on release music via Clave House, Isaiah Tapes and Firm Tracks. Ali represents a new wave of producers coming through the US scene earning him regular slots at venues across the country. His ‘Keys The Door EP1’ sees him join Brighton’s FatCat sub-label FCR which launched with two releases from Cottam, in addition to records from DJJ and Project 223.
Ali uses mostly hardware from the 90s and early 2000s to make his music and the stripped back nature of production is a constant feature throughout the EP. ‘Badlands’ opens things up with a chugged out groove immersed with weaving 303s and eccentric modulations before rhythmic synth stabs, angelic leads and delicate chords take the focus in ‘Love In This Box’.
‘Secrets’ maintains the attractive atmosphere through a lusciously deep bassline, a haunting acid line and inviting oscillations until ‘Sleeves’ finishes things off with a raw drum sequence, illustrious melodies and alleviating pads in the second half.