Fenetik is the downtempo offshoot of highly vaunted house label Soma, and Sidewinder is otherwise […]
Fenetik is the downtempo offshoot of highly vaunted house label Soma, and Sidewinder is otherwise known as Alan Bryden, one of Fenetik’s earliest artist signings. Seeing how this debut was nearly five years in the making, avid trainspotters might better recognize the name from appearances on compilations by labels like Naked Music, Universal Jazz and Guidance. On most of the album, squelchy synths and elastic basslines quiver on top of occasionally soporific horn solos. Sidewinder’s finest moments are on songs where the funk is placed at the forefront-but unfortunately some of these tracks veer dangerously towards that dodgiest of downtempo sub-genres: “dad jazz,” something your 50-year-old father would nod along approvingly to.