The EP's brought to you by Armada Music's house sub-label, Armada Subjekt
I don't have much information on this two-track release, apart from the fact that the producer is UK-based and that the tracks are both pretty good!
First up is Tapped, which starts with a swung beat intro that's quickly joined by a main bass synth line and vocal chants. As the track progresses there are snare rolls and odd rhythmic sounds thrown in for good measure, but the main hook is the hypnotic groove created by the bass synth, which happily slides into acidic distortion every now and then and is on-point pretty much throughout.
The second track is titled Crazy L. It's not as minimal as the first, with a kickdrum-led intro which again has a swung drum pattern - with snares, a hi-hat and a clap making up the main rhythm - and a messed up synth riff as the lead line. There are looped vocal samples that keep repeating and the track is a proper little groover that begs to be played at high volume. There's a breakdown of sorts, with a different vocal loop playing: it sounds like a film or TV sample of a man and woman arguing, but that's by-the-by as it's the pattern of the speaking that makes it work so well as a hook, not what they're actually saying.
These are the kind of house tracks that don't sound like much when dissected in a review, but when you hear them it all comes together perfectly and sounds big and embracing. My favourite is Crazy L, but both are well worth checking out.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 18 December
Review Score: 8