The Toronto-based electro-jazz duo
Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have bundled their creative activities
in the formation Four80East. They started with The Album in
1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En
Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012), Biblotheca
(2013), and Positraction (2015). In 2014 they released
the album Four80East LIVE and in 2016 a limited vinyl
collection Cherry Picked.
Their new EP Four On The Floor is a musical
business card inspired by their early days as House producers. The
duo is joined on two tracks by vocalists CeCe Peniston and Wade O.
The title track is a highly danceable rhythm enhanced groovy tune
with a savory horn background. The rhythm guitar is inspired by
Nile Rodgers (Chic) and together with the steady hook line
Four80East presents an ultimate dance floor hit.
CeCe Peniston asks sustainably Are You Ready (for love)?
I don't know if the listener is ready for a date, but certainly
for a dance. Cinco Cinco Seis reminds me of my stay in
Santiago de Bahia, when hustle and bustle was in the disco tents
on the beach.
Keep Love Moving features soul singer Wade O. Brown who
is a main stay in the soul scene of Toronto. Similarities with the
Motown sound are obviously intended. Ocean Bass follows
the former House Music time of the two musicians. Pressing the
volume up through filters and flangers. I want my Noodle Soup
Typical for Four80East, as on Four On The Floor, are the
uncompromising but consistently skillful grooves, which serve the
sole purpose of entertaining the audience in the best possible