Published May 09, 2014Striving to capture Detroit techno's original funk and disco brotherhood, Stone Owl combines rolling bass lines, four-on-the-floor drum beats and rubbery melodies on their unfortunately-named Sweaty Disco Balls EP. This six-song digital-only release gives the listener three remixes of the title track alongside two additional headphone-friendly instrumentals, showing off the Motor City duo's penchant for low-end groove and their affiliation with the Detroit-area's best up and coming producers.
The lead-off title track is a spacey/bass-y builder, as chimes and samples lead into a bass-heavy body-mover. Detroit's Ataxia and Keith Kemp and Toronto's Murr each take a spin at remixing the track, neither of whom allow it to stray too far from its original formless form. "CBD" and "Seven Sisters" round out the EP with 12 minutes of spacious, well-tempered electro that fully encapsulates Stone Owl's MOR sound. Sweaty Disco Balls EP is something like a celebratory lap for a duo that haven't truly achieved anything yet. (Thoughtless)