Eric Kupper ‘Bloom’

Eric Kupper / Bloom


Wave Music / Released May 9th 2011


What does it sound like?

An old school producer offering some well-worked depth via Francois K’s Wave Music. After learning his trade with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Arthur Baker, it’s no wonder the workman-like Kupper understands how to build real house music. After 20 or so years in the game here he does it yet again, delivering something that’s both repetitive and beautiful.

Two versions are offered, the original and a Jazz edit, both of which head down a similar route. Flat-footed four fours plod beneath twinkling keys and subtle percussion, while waves of synth rise and crash, creating opiate crescendos. Whereas the first offers this and little else, bolstering the genre’s club ties, the latter introduces distant Balearic beach guitar chords to make everything a little more sedate.

Where would I dance to it?

New York, Ibiza, warm beaches, basements with red lights. That should just about sum it up.

What highlights can I expect to hear?

There isn’t much between them, but opting for the A-side seems appropriate, and not just because it should even appeal to men that don’t like sunbathing. While it’s easy to imagine yourself basking with a beer to the other version, by sticking with the source material it’s likely you’ll wind up at a better party, full of people playing music that’s serious, danceable, but not too demanding.

Why should I pay for it?

There are 12 inches worth of reasons, though we should only have to point out one.

Where can I buy it?

Chemical Records, and maybe your local store.