Artists are inherently prone to longwinded creative lulls. But it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint an extended drought from the Moon Boots camp in recent memory. Moon Boots’s latest long-form showing, his Bimini Road LP, released with his habitual label housing, Anjunadeep, accents the producer’s amorphous influence palette—ultimately giving way to his chromatic stylistic color wheel.
Having enjoyed a comfortable tread in his underground origins, Pete Dougherty (Moon Boots), knows as well as anyone that musical prowess doesn’t arise overnight, but rather progresses gradually through methodical craft mastery and unique amalgamation of influences. Building from his longtime love affair with pianos, Dougherty dabbled as the keyboardist of indie band, Hey Champ, before eventually finding his solo foothold in Chicago’s house scene. In 2011, he secured his first label release, “Gopher It,” consequently signing on with the then-coveted French Express; thereby catching the attention of his current label home, Anjunadeep. It was with the auspicious Anjunabeats subsidiary platform where he delivered his 2017 debut album, First Landing, to widespread acclaim.
While First Landing may have cemented the atmospheric groove that serves as the signature Moon Boots stamp in most listeners’ minds, the construction of those sonic qualities constitutes a much grander journey. Dougherty’s learned genre-blurring productions derives from his history of floating between complementary genres of disco, R&B, soul—all of which have served as essentials to honing in his own highly stylized strain of house.
His earlier releases see him rely heavily on disco rhythms and hearty R&B-inspired vocals, as seen in 2012 single “Aretha” to 2014 French Express nu-disco number, “C.Y.S.,” Dougherty’s groundwork in the funky house space never stifled him from flirting with pop-leaning tracks. Within his pop experimentation, Dougherty drew nuance from ’90s-esque Little Boots’ “Headphones” remix to the ...
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