Michael Calfan seems determined to demonstrate that what I’ve termed “department store house” is more than a one-dimensional iteration of the four-four formula. The French DJ/producer has departed slightly from his radio-friendly brand of melodic deep house to lead the listener on a more introspective aural journey in his latest track, “Brothers” on Spinnin’ Records label
However this suspenseful smattering of piano chords that underscores the melancholy arrangement with the ominous vocal samples, gets vocally remixed and re-titled as “Thorns“, featuring Raphaella‘s beautiful voice.
Played for the first time by the one and only Pete Tong, “Thorns” differs from Calfan’s more upbeat tracks like last year’s “Nobody Does It Better,” you have to wonder if he’s attempting to pursue a more subversive creative direction.
Be that as it may, “Brothers/Thorns” may only mark the beginning of a longer and more sincere musical journey for Michael Calfan, and it will be interesting to see what he’s got in store for the rest of the 2016 festival season as it unfolds