Dave Sumner and Hospital boss Dominick Fernow team up for a decidedly understated release. If you’re looking for the former Sandwell District member’s sub-sonic techno or Fernow’s raucous industrial, you may be disappointed with 'Games'. On the other hand, if you are a fan of either artist, chances are you have an open mind and the deep house, shimmering techno and the terse ambient passages that comprise this album, will resonate. Inspired by the eternal life pulses of New York and recorded in that city, it’s an excellent side project.
The first single to be released from his November scheduled album ‘Entropy’, ‘Problem’ is a calming, eclectic meld of genres. Grey in the most glorious sense of the tone, classy, soothing and accentuating brilliance in a low-key, unpretentious way. Drums march serenely forward, with power brought through by the contrasting, fast-paced vocal of Manchester’s Skittles. The mix of hip-hop, grime and drum & bass with the sultry, hedonistic air of toned down euphoria creates a vibe that will see the floor moshing like a synchronised army.
Mindfair’s chugging disco track gets this smart reworking from Velvet Season & the Hearts of Gold. For those who need an intro to VS & THOG, Joel Martin and Gerry Roney have, respectively, been involved in Quiet Village/Churchill’s Leopards and DJ Harvey’s infamous Black Cock label, and between them they run the label, Luck Hole Records. Adding a proto-house/new wave touch with primitive drum machines, their remix curdles the original ‘Ceremony’ into something darker and more potent — oozing something oddly sophisticated and strangely elegant. Immerse yourself.
A soulful slab of drum & bass which sits somewhere in the midst of a melodic liquid piece and a deep tech roller. The weighty bass is omnipresent yet subtle leaving the crisp breaks, clicks and reverb vocal to take centre stage.There’s a huge country and blues vibe coming from the guitar and piano note. This is a stunning EP from a trio that are showing off their exceptional production skills, the flip is simply beautiful.