Harvey Sutherland´s last release, Bermuda, on MCDE Recordings felt like a homecoming, with Danilo Plessow‘s Dutch label being an obvious choice for Sutherland’s propulsive, organic funk. As a label whose releases weave live instrumentation with sharper house elements, Sutherland’s compositions were a snug fit for the label’s aesthetic. In the eyes of some, a release on Plessow’s label was all but inevitable.
Here though, Sutherland steps out with a contribution to the Voltaire Endeavors 12″ Compilation, a cut entitled ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’. Whilst Bermuda was a brash, ultra-modern dance floor killer, ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’ is a slower, far sexier affair. It’s a track that rivals it’s big brother in both scope, quality and flare of its swung drum track. Sutherland brings the pace right down whilst keeping with a primarily live feel and an appropriately driving bass line – both elements that mark out his previous releases.
The track really kicks in after the 3 minute 30 mark. A semi-comical breakdown reminiscent of Jurgen Paape’s ‘Ofterschwang’ leads into a synth-led section that calls on the spirit of Sutherland’s improvised live sets – sets which are slowly gaining a reputation due to Sutherland’s fearsome use of the Juno 60. That flair translates neatly into the 4/4 of ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’, leaving a track that takes a near-perfect formula and runs with it with results that both delight and exhilarate.