Berlin’s innovative Dompe distils a passion for the perfect bassline into ten essential new house tracks on his latest full-length, ‘French Collection’.
‘French Collection’ is a second album from the artist, following up on 2019’s Hippie Crack. That one quickly sold out and rapidly raced to the top of the underground charts. It was the latest success for an artist who moved from Cologne to Berlin in 2011 and started this label in 2017. He has since put out more than 25 releases, which have won him an international audience and received DJ support from the great and the good.
This widely appealing album opens with an infectious and funky bassline on ‘Frencheese.’ It rides beneath organic drums and immediately gets you moving. There is a sense of celebration to the big filtered loops and sweeping strings of ‘Lemon Ice,’ playful energy to ‘Spliff’ and life-affirming soul on ‘Smiling Vibes.’
The effortlessly feel-good vibes continue on ‘Pinky My Best Friend,’ which marries an extraordinary vocal with a knotted bass riff that keeps you locked. ‘Sunday Movement’ has a peak time but still warm-hearted feel, with its chunky house sound, whilst ‘Sputnik’ brings a truly rolling groove. The brilliant ‘We Love It’ sinks you into a world of string-laced house lushness, and ‘Chicago’ and ‘Hot’ close down more intensely without losing any of that lovely Dompe charm.
‘French Collection’ is an album of superbly stylish house music that brims with genuine warmth and soul.
02 Lemon Ice
04 Smiling Vibes
05 Pinky my best friend
06 Sunday Movement
08 We Love It