magic touch Palermo House Gang (CD, £9.50)label: 100% Silk
After three thick years of performances, passport abuse, and pumping, pleasure-principle EPs, Damon Palermo, a.k.a. classic house torchbearer Magic Touch, presents his pinnacle statement to date: Palermo House Gang. Joining forces with a vast cast of collaborators sourced from his intercontinental travels — Octo Octa, Newbody, Benny Badge, The Horses, Sarah Bates, Sorcerer, Ash Williams — Palermo swings and sweats through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle R&B, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts and decadent disco for a sprawling celebration of communal motion and dancefloor idealism. Sustained heavy touring often grizzles musicians into cynical survivalists but it seems to have had the opposite effect on Palermo—these are his most generous, playful and sensual tracks to date. Let go, lighten up, join the Gang.
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