Four years since the release of his last album, Ian Pooley has gone back to his funky and groove-filled roots with What I Do, releasing January 25th on his own Pooled Music label. Dropping all the digital gear, Pooley explains, “The new album is more raw. I produced a lot of the tracks in the old school way, how I used to work in the nineties. All the sounds were created and programmed on analog gear.” The warmth shines through.
Encompassing versatility in style and form from start the finish, choosing only three productions to showcase was akin to picking a favorite child–an arduous task. From the deep and funky soul of I Got You, the perky and jubilant Kids Play, to the melancholic late-night excursion of 1983 featuring the illuminating and sultry vocals of Högni Egilsson, What I Do is an astonishing eclectic album that keeps bumping and warrants frequent visits.