Music Review: Inner City Soundclash-Biorhythm
Biorhythm is the debut album from Eleonora Cutaia’s Inner City Sound Clash alter ego. Cutaia is a London-based producer, songwriter and A&R who has spent the last decade working as a DJ and was responsible for curating the Eleonora Presents Underground Soul Volume 1 compilation. The London-based artist recorded her deep house full-length over three years and multiple continents. Biorhythm’s 10 songs are a seamless passage of house, hip-hop and pop ideas sealed by a lush digital fog. “Biorhythm” is an instrumental cosmic takeoff that introduces the album as a club gateway, driving music and a float-worthy escape within Cutaia’s cozy production. The measured techno of “Biorhythm” courts a world of androids and robots but never loses its ability to connect with the world. The human element comes through with the voices of the guest vocalists who represent different genres in the metropolis. Jaidene Veda’s low-pitched vocals are stylishly carnal and build momentum on “Press Play” and “The One For Me.” The former is influenced by The Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls” and symbolizes the sound of night in the city by digital rhythms pulsating around Veda’s words and whispers from DJ Rise Ashen. Veda’s approach and Cutaia’s arrangements are in the same ambient world as some of Naked Music’s deep house releases that dominated in the ‘90s’.
“Forgiven” links back to Chicago’s glory days and Mr. Fingers’ wavy productions with Atlanta vocalist Dezaray. The primordial house beat, Dezaray’s reassuring tone and the lively energy poses “Forgiven” as the most favored for the dancefloor. The deep house blueprint lapses a bit for the sake of French rap duo Naiad, who appear on “Reve” and keeps the story in their native tongue. The smoky ambiance of the album shapes their words into a mood of needless translation. “Sunrise 2 Sunset” featuring Olu slows things down with introspective pop inspired by the Eurhythmics. Veda appears again on the sparse interlude-sounding “Blue Moon” which celebrates the need to take respite from the internet obsession with clicks and likes. Cutaia increases her cachet with the presence of house veteran and Rurals founder Andy Compton playing guitar on “What Goes Around.” Cutaia says an article on the collision of urban rhythms inspired her and Biorhythm reflects that idea with multiple styles submerged into a world of murky house that is smart, pleasurable and serene.