[[]]togethermachine + @prtr_jan – ‘Inner City Groove, Vol. 1’


A collaborative album from [[]]togethermachine and @prtr_jan, Inner City Groove, Vol. 1 channels a diverse electronic sound with eclectic stylistic flair. There’s an atmospheric pull throughout, nocturnal and gloomy though also with a lushly entrancing quality, bolstered by frequent use of serenely enveloping synth pads.

The album achieves a sense of atmospheric cohesion, emitting a sort of late-night allure, despite a diverse stylistic presentation. “Aye!” touts a dancefloor-ready beat with charismatic vocal sample pulses and a house-ready vigor. Elsewhere, “Fresh Air” caresses with gentle keys and robotic vocal flourishes, showing a more mellow and retrospective composure. “Pitch Black” also entrances, touting (as its name would imply) a darker enigma through industrial bass tones and murky effects.

[[]]togethermachine is the project of drummer Marcel van As, based in Rotterdam. Antwerp-based artist @prtr_jan contributes his talents with loops and other atmospheric additions, his iPad-forward expertise on full display. Both artists wrote, played, and arranged the album, which is streaming below:

“Fresh Air” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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