Fu Dog is one of those newcomers to the scene who you’d swear have already been around for years. Freshly signed to Ambious Records, Fu Dog’s fleeting 3-track EP Placid, is the boutique Cape Town label’s 35th release and a tasty 15 minutes bred for the dance floor.
It’s a carefully curated little offering – a dynamic blend of deep house grooves and experimental production. Moving through, step by step, a night on the electro-fest dance floor it slips from the mellow beats and watery samples (“Placid”) of a 9pm slot right through to a stuttering, wonky, slow-burner of a midnight track (“Plan X”). The latter is accompanied by a sweeping, somewhat unsettling visual, shot and directed by Benedict Meyer zu Strohe.
In the middle, happily sandwiched sits “Passive Acid”: a 6-minute progressive house track which really takes the cake here. Spinning samples match a solidly built driving beat. It’s your basic formula and it always works – threaded with pysch-esque progressive synth builds and playful textures.
Perhaps the EP only errs on the side of simplicity, where it could do with just a few more experimental strokes to really make it stand out. But Fu Dog has all the time in the world to work on that.