Sierra Sam and Dame-Music chief Bloody Mary are certainly no strangers; the two French-speaking Berliners have been long-time friends both in and outside of the studio, Sam having co-produced Mary’s debut album and her recent Arabesque EP (DAME-004). Now, after his 2010 EPs and remixes for labels like Supplement Facts, BPitch Control and Time Has Changed, Sierra Sam rings in the new year with an evolution of his sound, an elevated sense of melodic exploration, on the Queen of Spades EP.
The title track began this past summer during Sam’s live tour throughout Mexico, having joined forces with The Midnight Perverts in Guadalajara. Then Sam took their impromptu jam session back to Berlin where he fashioned it into the final product, an amalgamation of tribal house percussion, a funky electro bassline, soaring Moroder synth washes, tropical birds squawking and alien voices. After falling in love with the disco melody, Bloody Mary knew she had to have this track for Dame-Music.
B-side “Talonkikit” is a more rhythmic affair, focusing on a frenzy of percussive sounds, like a drumkit splattering paint all over the dancefloor canvas. Then, Ray Okpara of Cécille and Area Remote offers a more straightforward, and stripped-down – yet still fully forward-driving – version, rounding out the EP for a variety of tasteful expressions and moods.