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Jupiter George (Kompakt

Al Hilali’s third 12” for Köln’s esteemed Kompakt label is
another coup for the producer. If his first 2 records for the label
showcased his knack for synth melodies and mood, this one is his nod
to more traditional house music sounds. Although it never achieves
the same heights of his gorgeous Lydia 12” from 2014, it’s still
quite good, with the title cut being a disco-infused house track
built around funky samples and a squishy, wet drum track. Its
insistent guitar lick and shimmering synth pads work well to
complement a buoyant up-and-down bassline with some well-timed
breakdowns to make this a likely crowdpleaser.

continues the house music trend with trumpet stabs, an upright bass
hook, and generous open hihats, another tracky one that would work
well in a tech house set. Closing number “Rain Raker” adds
some 303 detailing, with rolling arps and nice clean bassline up
against its dreamy pads. The record in general is considerably
funkier and more focused around movement than his other Kompakt
releases, less concerned with melody and more about the rhythm and
bass. It’s still a strong entry, though, from a talent to keep an eye

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