Resident Advisor review UV002

With Uncanny Valley’s second release, the label’s name makes perfect sense: this crew of musicians from the Dresden Elbe Valley has a truly uncanny knack for the particulars of American house. You could figure that much out even without Kelli Hand’s guest vocal on Jacob Korn’s “Dance Away,” in which the veteran Detroit producer and DJ sends shout-outs to “Dresden house heads” alongside Motor City figures like Omar-S, Mike Huckaby and Detroit itself, repeatedly. Detroit, Detroit, Detroit: it’s easy to get hung up in hagiography, but when the homage is made with this much obvious love (and talent), everyone wins. Compared to his records for Dolly and Left of the Dial, it’s a distinctly different vibe for Korn, sounding more like Philpot’s carefree, jazzy, slightly quirky jack mode. And, with vibraphones tumbling like the flakes in a snow globe, it’s one of the most innocent, joyful things to come around in a while.

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