London duo Province team up with vocalist/songwriter Sarah Zad
Plush Recordings' brand of deep, minimal and liquid D&B has long floated this reviewer's boat, and suffice to say the good ship Me is in no danger of running aground as long as they're turning out releases like this!
Six tracks make up the No Chance EP, of which three are credited to Province feat Sarah Zad and three just to Province themselves. First up is Count Ossie (No Chance), a quite understated, steppy affair - so understated, in fact, it almost sounds a bit hesitant, though the luxuriant pads keep things flowing. Fragmented vox from Ms Zad bring the musicality, while a second distorted, spoken vocal plays just as key a role. Up next is Distant Bliss, the first Province 'solo' offering, which is essentially an ambient cut for its first 45 seconds before emerging as a deep, bassy liquid gem. See That Fire? Upon It Burns God features another Zad vocal - again one that's used quite sparingly atop its sparse beats - as does Sorrow, a slower cut with something of a trip-hoppy kinda feel. Two more all-Province cuts then play us out: the dark, fierce Better Late Than Never and the equally pacey but lighter-toned Chamber.
Deep D&B at its finest, and well worth checking.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 1 January
Review Score: 8