Deniz Kurtel, Music Watching Over Me

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 07.28.11 in Reviews
A straight-up, unashamed dance album

The past couple years have seen a remarkable surge of women coming into prominence in electronic dance music as DJs and producers, and the Turkish-born, American-based Kurtel is one of the most impressive. Music Watching Over Me is a straight-up, unashamed dance album: a dozen tracks intended to move a floor full of bodies, sometimes more slowly than others — as on the aptly hypnotic and undulating “My Ass” — but always purposefully, particularly “The L Word,” on which plinky synths and Jada’s moaned vocal ride a truncated piston of a bass line.