The name Cinnaman a.k.a Yuri Boselie might be an unknown entity in the shadow of Ben Westbeech’s mighty Breach moniker, but as an institution in the Dutch music landscape, Cinnaman certainly is by no means less experienced than his UK counterpart. Lighting up dance floors frequently, while always bringing an eclectic mix to Colors at the now defunct Trouw, Cinnaman’s reputation as a formidable DJ is well established. Although he has yet to feature exclusively on a release, he has worked similarly along side Presk in the past for the first Audio Culture release, Sweat, and like that release Avocado/Liberty is clearly formed from a DJ’s perspective. A DJ who relishes in an 8 hour set without succumbing to the fatigue of familiarity. The collaborative release is built around the essence of a House track, but any listener should be able to discern that this Breach and Cinnaman partnership is and something completely unique to that aesthetic.
Avocado features all the right ingredients to ensure that it will be a staple feature in many DJ bags for the next couple of months. The bass groove, straight of the Funkedelic Parliament songbook, and ambiguous vocal sample might look a bit bland on paper, but when it all comes together it makes for an infectious combination, much like its creators. The slightly offbeat bass line and occasional snare hints at two-step, giving the piece a new dimension from the kick and syncopated hats of a standard House track. It is however little obscurities that really give this track its character – I particularly enjoyed the unabashed lo-fi synthesised horn during the latter part of the track.
It’s this focus on the minute details that carry through onto Liberty where the partnership starts moving graciously out of the standard House format. The opening bass line that glides up an octave over a simple staccato harmonic movement is the first thing that catches your ear. The detuned bells eventually fall away though as the sustained notes of an airy synth juxtaposes it before the bass falls into a legato movement, over a regular kick, building a remarkable tension along its way. The opening bars never return in the same form as the piece continually develops from there throughout its eight minutes. The absence of the incessant loop is welcomed turn here. It results in something of a progressive nature, unique to Breach, but hints at Cinnaman’s ability to put together an all-night set, calling on different moods at various stages of the night. Liberty would be the track that builds up to the next stage of one of his sets.
Breach and Cinnaman have definitely hit on something special with this 12”, to the point we have to ask, why didn’t they try this before. If this is the result of their combined effort in the studio, I for one will certainly be hoping there’s a sequel. The enigmatic styling is something that’s unique in House’s current form and the off-centre cues definitely grab the listener’s attention. It’s not something that will stand out on the first listen, but for those you prefer an invested listening experience on the dance floor, this 12” will be for you.