Detroit, by way of Brooklyn, producer Matthew Dear’s “Little People (Black City)” is a 9+ minute hypnotic dance track that pops up as the third track of his gloomy 2010 masterpiece, Black City; this was actually the first single to appear from Black City.  It feels like the instrumental downed a few bottles of codeine syrup and is fighting to just stay awake as the mood is constantly shifting and warping. The groove, no matter what movement the song changes to, stays infectious and digs itself in to your subconscious to make your head bob to the beat, or get your foot tapping. “Talk is complication, you get carried away, you get carried away, I get carried away.” and “Too much communication, I’m another man, I’m another man, I’m your other man.” are two brilliant gems I take away from this song. Mark E, a fellow Ghostly artist, crafts a remix (only available digitally or on Matthew Dear’s Slowdance EP) and he makes a dub version to “Little People (Black City)” which is on the B-side of this 12″. Unfortunately, Ghostly has not specified the quantity pressed, but it’s been out for about two and a half years now so I’m not sure what this says? Either it wasn’t publicized well enough, or there’s plenty to go around! Listen to “Little People (Black City)” below in the YouTube video.

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Clocking in at over nine minutes and riding on a martial disco beat, Matthew Dear’s “Little People (Black City)” is an unlikely candidate for the first single from Black City, the Brooklyn-based producer’s career-defining third album. And yet, nothing makes more sense, as the track neatly encapsulates Black City’s mix of dystopian futurism, creeping anxiety, and sonic beauty. Inverting disco’s pleasure principle, “Little People (Black City)” traffics in unresolved tension and melodic ambiguity as choruses are eschewed in favor of expertly paced movements and gleaming synthesizers morph into prickly guitar figures. In the end, “Little People (Black City)”’s length is its greatest strength—Matthew Dear takes the scenic route, guiding the listener through the winding streets of his fictional metropolis in all its wondrous, terrifying glory.

The single of “Little People (Black City)” includes two remixes by Mark E. On the “dub” version, the UK producer turns “Little People”’s maximalist tendencies on their head, rebuilding the track into a kraut-influenced chugger with a minimal, sinister undertow. Mark E.’s “remix” version works closely with the original, warming up “Little People”’s chilly ambiance and dosing the backbeat with a satisfyingly melodic bassline.

NOTE: The artwork you see above is for the digital version only. The Limited 12” will be inserted into a paper dust sleeve only and will have exclusive label art. Think white label style.

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