The EP comes from the duo behind the Distinct Manchester parties and podcasts
DR & Mondé, the team behind club night and podcast Distinct Manchester, serve up five slices of twitchy, glitchy deep techno/minimal fare for Slovenia's Kanja Records.
Five originals make up the EP: Dione, Eros, Istoria, Slippy and Themis. All five have a fairly similar MO, but looking at them one by one... Diane is probably the most glitchy cut on offer, with micro percussion and whistle sounds twittering away atop a no-nonsense 4/4 kick and rumbling bass. Eros is a more dubby, late-night affair, albeit one that also sports similar cicada-like sounds to those found on the opener. Next up is Istoria, which is the one the deep house lovers will want to head for, and which is followed by the slightly more energetic and Detroit-y Slippy. Themis then plays us out on a chunky-but-smooth note as it edges the EP into deep/tech house territory.
It's quite an impressive feat to take what's quite a sparse blueprint and stick to it, yet still deliver enough variety to keep the listener interested throughout. So kudos to the Manc duo for that - if you dig labels like Lucidflow or Submarine Vibes, you need to check for this.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 February
Review Score: 8