Across his long and distinguished career David Moufang’s output has been defined by elegance. From his early experiments with future jazz ensemble Conjoint, his work in Magic Mountain High, the wide range of tracks he’s released under various aliases and of course his best-known work as Move D, everything Moufang touches has an almost designerly craft to it.
Moufang’s eye for detail, less-is-more aesthetic and graceful production style are all present and correct on this new Move D LP Building Bridges. Club cuts make up the bulk of Building Bridges’ tracklist and deep house is the order of the day. From little more than cresting drums, purring basslines and woozy jazz chords Moufang is able to create tracks that both envelop you in a warm, tender glow and make you move.
Many people have attempted to copy Move D’s aesthetic down the years, but really nothing beats the real thing. You could list plenty of artists who’d attempt something like ‘Never Give Up’ or ‘Building Bridges’, the lengthy rollers that sit at the heart of the LP, but few would get close to Moufang’s light touch. Even when the feel of Building Bridges is edged a little more towards disco or dub techno Moufang keeps it classy. The one outlier here is ‘Alles Ist Eins’, a strange technoid ambience that is equal-parts Thomas Fehlmann and Amnesiac-era Radiohead.
Building Bridges, the latest LP from Move D, is another set of effortless deep house from one of the style’s leading practitioners.