Here he is, Brooklyn/Köln one-man hype machine Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well, with the latest in a long line of whisper-close hazed out bedsit R&B bullseyes. “Take It On” is the AA side to a forthcoming single on Transparent, a stopgap until this September’s anticipated Lefse full-length, and the piecemeal approach to disseminating his goods is building the impression of a man in firm command of both reference point and inspiration in the face of what sounds like limited studio facilities. The moans are spectral or sexy, the jacked noise levels, clips and red-lined rattle somehow perfectly intimate in encasing that falsetto, which is a hell of a falsetto. It’s like HTDW wrote this as a fevered late night valentine, a solipsistic blown-out beat booty call waiting in your inbox at 4AM. Dude’s making his U.S. debut at Glasslands on 8/13, to which we should all go. Until then, take these on.
How To Dress Well has a full-length out on 9/21 via Lefse.
UPDATE: And here’s the other A-side to the “Take It On” single, titled “Ecstasy With Jojo,” more of an out there haunted disco cut than the lonesome “Take It On,” featuring a sample of MJ’s Quincy Jones-era dancefloor up “Baby Be Mine.”
Glasslands, 8/13, Friday, How To Dress Well, let’s go.