It’s a common gripe among Canadian dance music producers: you’ve got to leave the country to really make it. Motions is Brendan Neal, a former Montrealer who appears to have heeded that talk and wound up in London. On All Gone, due on Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL’s Body High imprint on April 29, Motions appears to have absorbed the ribosomal funk of British dance music. This is a four-song collection of deep and melodic dance tunes that bears an elemental understanding of the emotional saturation needed to keep bodies writhing and stepping in the club. (In addition to the gruff, heady click clack of “Orion,” try not to move/cry as angelic sighs reach a climax on his remix of Samo Sound Boy’s “Open.”)
All Gone is a clean slate for Motions, previously one-half of club duo Grown Folk with fellow Montrealer Drew Kim. Neal tells SPIN: “There was no preconception about what a Motions song might sound like and that was really exciting. I was able to take all my influences from the last couple years and combine those with a few new pieces of hardware, and produce a cohesive record to introduce the Motions project with. The goal was to create something heavy enough to work on the dance floor but also musical enough to be connected to outside of the club.” Motions managed.
Stream Motions’ All Gone EP below and buy the release at Kings 99.