Will Monotone In Colour
Published Feb 03, 2016Deep house artist and Boston native Will Monotone's 21-track LP, In Colour, was a three-year project, and features the kind of meticulous details for which only that amount of time allows. In Colour kicks off with "My Needs" featuring singer Sarah Escapé, a progressive dance track that toys with dub elements, stunted buildups and seductive lyrics, but as listeners make their way through the album, the textures and melodic components of the first song only show up occasionally, suggesting that Monotone's got a wide variety of styles and strengths to choose from.
He does a good job of not allowing the minimalist basic side of the genre to turn the record into a generic house concoction, using hip-hop samples such as Nas's "You Owe Me" in his track "No Taxes" to give the album more energy and employing a sample of Sisqo's "Thong Song" in the heavy techno-house of "Like What" for one of a handful of '90s throwbacks. Tracks like "Don't Walk" feature vocals and buildup that show Monotone's nuanced production skills, while the album's final track, a rework of his 2012 hit track "Dem Mai Hoes," solidifies In Colour as a diverse effort that will appeal to a wide range of house music tastes.