Published Jul 23, 2019Montreal-based producer Pascale Mercier ruminates on the exultant, beatific and communal nature of dance music on her latest Pascale Project EP, Be Urself. "Let us go, and let us feel good, let us have a good time, let us go," she belts out on the acid-tinged house anthem "Let Us Go." This message of release and abandon on the dance floor permeates every track, embodying early '90s rave culture: lidded eyes, perma-smiles and flailing limbs.
Be Urself is Mercier's sophomore release, following up 7AM, which arrived courtesy of the Alabama-based Noumenal Loom imprint. This time around, she's found a home on the adventurous Orange Milk Records, a label notorious for pushing genre boundaries, although it's a relatively tame release for the imprint.
The artist has incorporated the hallmarks of classic house in her music, with the refreshing addition of her own vocals on every track. Her soulful voice adds an impactful punch to the sunny rhythms, the repetitive lyrics espousing a love of unhinged movement. The feel-good vibe is a perfect soundtrack for a summertime soiree or even just a late-night hangout: it's hard not to get lost in these infectious rhythms. (Orange Milk)