Charmer

Claptone

Charmer

The masked Berlin house producer Claptone proves a masterful mood-setter on his debut album, riding slinky beats and minor keys deep into a world of midnight intrigue. He favors singers with smoky voices and a soulful, bluesy touch, and his grooves move outward from deep house's sweet spot. "The Music Got Me" folds in snaky New Wave and synths, and "Party Girl" bounces atop rubbery Italo-disco bass; melancholy acoustic guitar and a spooky vocal turn from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah make "Ghost" a forlorn highlight.

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