St Eriks Street outright refuses categorization on the funhouse of sound that is “Moonstruck”. A clear love for electronic rolls through the whole of the mix. Elements of house, hip-hop, jazz, ambient, electro and more get filtered through his own unique worldview. Melody, groove, tempo – these are playthings for him, for they are messed around with in a most satisfying way. By remaining completely unexpected the song has this liveliness to it. Layers intertwine and are torn asunder. Yet, despite all of this experimentation, the track itself remains shockingly catchy, a true earworm.
The references are wide-ranging and unexpected at times. With the usage of the saxophone riff, he takes a nod from early Dabrye, as the song has a luxuriousness to it. On the four to the floor house aspect of it he takes nods from the Disclosure duo, as there is a similar lightness about it. Even further out his uncanny ability to mix these sorts of styles draws from the arena techno of Chemical Brothers. Akin to their work, his has an expansiveness to it, one that invites the listener into the endless variations that exist within the atmosphere. On the more experimental side, there are clear strains of Anna Meredith’s mixture of classical composition alongside the rave, as the song has a physicality to it that is impossible to ignore.
A saxophone riff announces itself. Kept isolated at first, he gradually snippets the sound down to mere bursts of energy. From this the rest of the piece comes into the fray, as the keyboards start their rave-up. The staccato nature works wonders leading perfectly into the groove. When the beat drops it gains a certain mixture of video game soundtrack meets the club. Production here has a crystal clarity to it. Interestingly it is not the last time we hear the saxophone, for it intermingles with the rather triumphant melody he’s penned. From there the buildup of the work gains a majesty of sorts. So much energy stems from this singular work. Details here matter from the echo of the piano to the incredible inclusion of handclaps. Honestly, as a dance music fiend myself having someone do the genre such justice while pushing the sound forward is pure bliss.
“Moonstruck” shows off St Eriks Street’s deft skill, and has created one of the most exciting, kaleidoscopic works that I have heard for a long time. This is a pure joy.