Delano Smith / Norm Talley - Straight Up No Chaser - UAR015 - Upstairs Asylum Recordings
Style; House / Detroit / Dub Techno / 2 x 12"
A1: Norm Talley - Blak Bottom (Unreleased Edit)
A2: Norm Talley - The Flip
B1: Delano Smith - The Bassline
B2: Delano Smith - Travels 23
C1: Norm Talley - Iso Vision
C2: Delano Smith - The Drive
D1: Norm Talley - Believe It
D2: Delano Smith - Remembrance
Norm Talley returns to his Upstairs Asylum label alongside fellow US house pioneer Delano Smith for Straight Up No Chaser, an eight-track opus featuring four solo cuts each.
Talley's gritty, dubbed-out, low-rolling house style is present and correct throughout with the loopy chords of 'Blak Bottom' getting things going, 'The Flip' getting more cavernous and aqueous and 'ISO Vision' leaning into dub techno.
'Believe It' is a soulful deep house looper, while Smith gets bubbly with 'The Bassline', lays down thumping kicks on 'Travels 23' and his trademark synth smears on 'The Drive' while 'Remembrance' is a heady dub house cut that locks you into a state of perfect hypnosis.