Tag: Single Review: Cliff De Zoete Are You Afraid of the Boogieman?

Cliff De Zoete is a rising Dutch producer and DJ. And after the release of the astral “Spacesuit Required,” De Zoete builds upon his growing reputation with another release through Sinners, the tongue-in-cheek “Are You Afraid of the Boogieman?”/”Iridescence” EP. The EP’s A Side, “Are You Afraid of the Dark” is a deep house track with menacing and uneasy overtones. Featuring a looping and shimmering, arpeggiated synth melody and tweeter and woofer rattling beats, the expansive club banger slowly builds up momentum, becoming a bit looser until the song’s ecstatic break and coda. “Are You Afraid of the Boogieman” is centered around the sort of hypnotic minimalism that brings Tour de France-era Kraftwerk to mind.

I wanted to build a piece that would always be progressing, evolving. The base arpeggiated melody slowly builds up until fully letting loose after the break,” the rising Dutch DJ and producer says in press notes. “This piece’s title comes from the melancholic, almost spooky melody that inhabits the main theme.”