Baltimore’s Maurice Fulton is a man of many guises. The ex-pat producer - currently living in Sheffield - has just released his second album as Syclops: an ambitious blending of live and electronic sounds released under the aegis of a fictitious three-piece band. A Blink Of A Eye is a robust affair, showcasing the producer’s taste for hard-edged, futuristic machine funk and knotty jazz fusion.
But Syclops is far from Fulton’s only outlet. In a career spanning 15 years and innumerable aliases, the famously publicity-shy producer has touched on practically all corners of house music and beyond. If there’s been a recurrent feature of Maurice Fulton records - aside from those irresistibly chunky rhythms - it’s a knack for reframing pop for the club environment. In Fulton’s hands, so-so songs become dancefloor dynamite, their formerly-forgettable melodies recast as rallying cries for dancers across the underground - a fact best illustrated by his 2006 remix of Alice Smith’s ‘Love Endeavour’.
It’s this approach that Fulton draws on for his version of ‘The Fall’, the lead single from maudlin LA Soulsters Rhye. As usual, Fulton’s remix is streets ahead of the original, replacing the dreary politesse of its piano-and-drums arrangement with steely synth bass tones and a mean disco thud, while the vocal takes on a newfound sultry eroticism. After 15 years in the game, it seems Fulton’s magic touch is far from diminished.
A Blink Of A Eye is out now on Fulton’s own Bubbletease label.