After being introduced to the world with a collaboration with Ramadanman, Midland might have felt a certain pressure releasing his first solo outing “Play The Game” back in 2010. In a similar vein, Bristol based producer Borai may have felt an equal amount of pressure in releasing his first solo work after three collaborations with fellow Bristol affiliate and long time studio partner Julian Smith; known to most as October. With three different releases strongly rooted in the house end of the musical spectrum, Borai has graced a number of respected UK based labels such as Applepips, BRSTL and Never Leant alongside Smith, but his debut release on his ones sees him land on recently inaugurated Chicago based label Tasteful Nudes. We’re not quite sure exactly who is behind the label at the moment, but you can peek a look at their site for now, which will no doubt be dropping some information and new tunes over the coming months. Having been djing for around 12 years and recently been taken on as an apprentice at Henry Bainbridge’s Dubstudio learning the art of vinyl mastering, Borai puts any pressure he may have had to waste and comes through just as strong by himself with a release titled “Moonlight On The Malago”. Borai himself will have to let us know whether the title is inspired by the song by Adge Cutler or just a beautiful memory from time spent on the river Malago in Bristol.
On the A-side, title track “Moonlight On The Malago” makes a strong first impression as Borai pushes a warm, bouncy bassline alongside a set of uplifting chords and playful summery melodies. It’s incredibly danceable and undeniably catchy and at seven minutes in length the track takes full advantage in creating a blissful 4/4 groove, that will have as much use shifting shapes in a club to creating vibes on a chilled Sunday afternoon. The B-side “Does It Bother You” follows suit in a similar manner, yet oozes a more spacious and slick appeal with its sustained pads and early 90s inspired hooks. Whilst Borai doesn’t break the bank in terms of innovation on these tracks, they are two greatly structured house joints that are meant to be enjoyed immensely in a number of settings and club hour times. Pure fun from Bristol once again.
Stream: Borai – Moonlight On The Malago (Tasteful Nudes)
Borai – Moonlight On The Malogo 12″ is out as a hand-stamped white label on the 5th February and digitally two months later.