Claptone – Dear Life feat Jaw (Original Mix)
A familiar ‘face’ in the recent resurgence of house cuts, Claptone has captured our attention by remaining masked and elusive. The masquerading DJ stands firmly at the forefront of the modern house revival, using modern techniques to design house pressings that herald back to the sounds of early Chicago. Following a praiseworthy Essential Mix the German producer releases ‘Dear Life,’ a vocally-driven house record punctuated by delicate strings and a persistent grand piano. It’s nearly spoken-word at times, but the organic instrumental and humanized drums add an element of authenticity not often captured in the laptop age of production.