Album review: Kenny Glasgow / ‘Taste For The Low Life’ (No.19)


Twenty years into his career, Kenny Glasgow releases his debut album.

Working in the industry since the ‘90s, first with illegal warehouse events, DJ sets, and then into the studio, this installation has been years into the making. Crafted along the lines of heavyweight Detroit players such as Derrick May, Carl Craig and the UR crew, these tracks dive deep into interlaced melodic structures while still retaining an underground edge. Seamless yet endlessly loopy, the lead track “System Overload” blends throwback synth samples with analog drum patches, string pads and delicate keys. The big theme throughout this album is melody, melody, and melody. Each track is carefully crafted to encompass rich chord structures, suspense and tension, and an overall mood designed more to lift the soul than to destroy the floor. Truly up there with some of the great installations of ‘90s Detroit and Chicago, this cleanly assembled works is worthy of top jock play.

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