The Mancunian producer shows just why his reputation is growing so fast
This two-track EP is the work of up-and-coming 21-year-old producer Mason Maynard, who's rapidly establishing a strong reputation in the tech-house scene. With releases of this quality, it's easy to see why.
First up is the title track, Simple Question, which starts with a one-note bassline and swung percussion, then after establishing the groove diversifies with a fattening of the bassline, snare rolls and a closed hi-hat pattern to really give the backbeat some oomph. In the forefront of the mix there's a outlandish synth line and a sampled female vocal, both of which are slightly off-kilter. Along with some other weird sounds, they give this track a really distinctive sound and rhythm.
The second track, False Truths, starts with a percussive intro and builds with male vocal samples, snare rolls and risers into an off-beat stomper with another eccentric synth line, plus a full male vocal that gives it the desired level of randomness - the vocal and the track sound like two separate entities that don't belong together at all, yet somehow they work together perfectly! All of this is helped by the rolling bassline that underpins the whole track, along with more unusual sounds that give it an edgy feel.
I haven't got a favourite track here, because both deserve to be played to death! If Mason Maynard continues to release tracks of this quality, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 1 December
Review Score: 8