Philadelphia native Hollis P Monroe is a man who has been slowly
and steadily building a respectable catalogue of music since his
debut on Canadian label Stickman in 1997. Appearances on Josh
Wink’s Ovum and the legendary West End label have all helped
establish Hollis as a talented writer, producer, vocalist and DJ
having recently been drafted in for collaborations with the likes
of KiNK, Trickski and Rampa. Here we find him producing under his
new moniker The Black 80s in collaboration with Frank Julien, and following hot on the heels of a killer release for Compost Black Label.
For their Freerange debut The Black 80s have created an expansive slice of deep, electronic house on Move On. The expertly crafted minimal production really highlights the warmth of the song and creates space for the vocal to shine. Tried and tested by Jimpster from South Africa to Berlin, this is a standout track with that perfect balance of raw simplicity for the dancefloor and depth for longevity.
On the Overnight Mix of Move On things tread in a more experimental, leftfield direction with filtering breaks and layers of dust and noise creating an abstract and edgy backing, complimenting the sweetness of the vocal perfectly.
Finally, we have Kollektiv Turmstrasse providing their own inimitable spin on their remix, fattening up the beats and adding more drive which builds perfectly to the breakdown where we’re introduced to an echoing bassline and finally, the full vocal.