Why aren’t more people shouting about this label? Seriously, it has us completely stumped. Brothers From Different Mothers haven’t released much since their conception, but the records that do bear the name are a far cry away from the glut of poorly conceived, hastily executed releases clogging up the Beatport charts. An outstanding effort from the mysterious J-Zbel (albeit one with a questionable title) was bound to be tough to follow, but Lyon-based troublemakers The Pilotwings have outdone themselves on the label’s fifth outing.
We don’t think there’s anything wrong with indulging in a bit of nostalgia and neither do these guys. Ultimately, it’s what you do with it. From tribal breaks to gurgling acid lines, retro sensibility is prevalent on nearly every BFDM release and the latest doesn’t buck any trends. Imbued with a breathy openness that may draw comparisons with some of the more aerated Larry Heard productions, ’31 Septembre (On Va Tout Niker)’ is a New Age-referencing, retrofuturist ode to idyllic settings and vast, open spaces. Moving on and there are echoes of hi-NRG and electro as the duo channel their inner Patrick Cowley on the following cut. Complete with soaring synth lines, muscular percussion and an irrepressible bass synth, ‘Les Invasions Babar’ will move both your feet and your soul.
Turn the record over and you’re met with loose breakbeats and effervescent electronics. Yes, ‘Congo Libre’ continues with the retro themes, but they don’t lose any of their charm or appeal. I guess that’s testament to the quality throughout. An ambient drift “designed for the listener to rediscover the meaning of his existence”, ‘Buruganda Ouverture’ is assigned the tricky task of closing proceedings. Despite the mountainous task at hand, if there’s one thing we’ve learnt about The Pilotwings, it’s that they have a knack for meeting expectations.
Molitor 71 will be available in vinyl format early November.