Versatile Philly-based Jill-of-all-trades Suzi Analogue just dropped a snazzy new instrumental EP. Titled (R)ose (A)lways (W)ins, it features six varied jams, grittily textured and with a healthy attention to atmospheric detail. Lead track “Won4nugget” is built around keys that’d be right at home on an old Fela Kuti record, the lazily loping buzzsaw bass synth of “Make Et (Like Sunday Morningg)” creates a woozy, intoxicating strut- (R)ose (A)lways (W)ins is all about attention to detail.
Analogue successfully resists the urge to do too much with these tracks, instead expertly micromanaging samples within each groove-heavy atmosphere. Soul-drenched vocals get the treatment on “Feeling That Eye”, which at nearly seven minutes is a clinic in gradual, tasteful sample manipulation and in many ways the album’s centerpiece. Suzi’s got a lot on her plate in 2012, but her production should definitely be a priority, because (R)ose (A)lways (W)ins bangs but remains understated in all the right ways.