Man of mystery Nebraska comes out of the shadows to release three slices of summer on new label Friends & Relations. It’s a uncharacteristic move for the elusive producer who, despite regular and lengthy hiatuses, remains a firm favourite with New York party institution Mister Saturday Night. In some ways, MSN have been instrumental in spreading Nebraska’s music to a wider audience as the man himself has made few public appearances; notoriously hard to track down.
It’s easy to see why MSN adore his music and why he’s celebrated a string of releases on Rush Hour and Delusions of Grandeur. The three track EP in question is a low-slung, balearic listen. Each track possesses a swagger that can only be achieved by mooching about in the midday sun. The heavy strut of title track ‘Stop Playing With My Heart’ is emphasised by the infectious bassline and the repetitive brass melody. Exquisite sampling provides tangible earworms on ‘Stop Playing With My Heart’ and ‘Keep What You Got’, although it’s impossible to shake the beats from your body for a good half an hour after listening. Hand claps lessen the blow of a snare and the dull kick and warm bass mellow the track’s core. It’s sample-rich deep house at it’s very best.
Much like the UV beating down from the glaring sun, the EP soaks into your skin. But don’t apply sun cream, lap it up. It’s good for you.