Sometimes it takes a semblance of the past to make a sound become fresh – and this is what Joss Moog is attempting to present with his mini-album for the ‘Best Of Robsoul’ series.
Volume four takes on a timeline effect, as Parisian DJ/producer, and stalwart of Robsoul Joss Moog gives us all the best of his releases for the label.
Starting back in 2008, the compilation shows the evolution of an artist, from right back when Joss Moog was invited to the label by Phil Weeks. Although not in chronological order, each track certainly tells a story.
First up is ‘Forever Pimpin’ – one of the most recent from 2010. This leads with a certain amount of modesty, piano riffs and clicks show off a suave style to Joss Moog, and allows for interest to be stirred.
‘Drivin’ On Up’ from 2009 is next, and provides an upbeat, groove led jackin’ style – one that certainly is made for moving to. The whole track is just laden with happy, sunshine beats and is definitely one of Moog’s best.
‘Room 27’ is next, and forms a trilogy that Joss Moog is probably most famous for. His ‘Room 25’ compilation was the first release for Robsoul – but more on that later. ‘Room 27’ is a later edition to the previous, and showcases Joss Moogs ability to take things on to the more tech side of house, but still with his own style of groove.
‘Yo’ comes in at track four, and has a very similar, distinct style that you will hear through a lot of the tracks on this album. It is a difficult sound to describe, but certainly one that you want to listen to over and over again.
This elaborate style is continued into ‘Supersally’ – first released in 2008. Here there is contrast between volume and intensity levels of sound, all rounding into a hearty atmospheric mix.
‘That Old Feeling’ delves deeper, again with contrasting sounds, this time hitting harder with bass and really getting into the mind of the listener. This track impresses with a classic sounding vocal arrangement.
The previously mentioned ‘Room 25’ is next, and supplies the signature Joss Moog sound. The beat develops as you listen, and is not interrupted by vocal or effect. This is a postive, as you are taken into a trance through sound.
‘Welcome To Ohio’, another from back in 2008, is a downbeat disco groove effort, again playing to the signature sound.
And finally there is ‘Room 26’ – a warped listen with a repetitive yet interesting nature.
As is obvious, Joss Moog knows his own sound, and knows it works, so continues to emulate it. This mini-album provides a great look at a classic Robsoul artist, and showcases the very best of his talents.
Best Of Robsoul: Joss Moog is available on the 31st August 2012