The EP kicks off with label boss Tim Andresen's own Clammy Old Place, which is essentially a vintage-sounding female vocal snippet over an insistent midtempo tech-house rhythm and understated walking bassline, with some atmospheric synth washes flying across the top. It doesn't do a lot, but it's an infectious groove for sure.
Then we have Denis Horvat's More Of This, a darker and tuffer tech-house cut leaning towards the 'tech' side of the equation, before Chris Minus picks up the pace even more with Pink Bubble… what's really cool here though is the way the driving technoid beats are balanced by some lovely house-y pads and keys. Little snippets of hip-hop/jazz vox thrown in Salted/Drop Music-style further help ensure this one should see plays from a wide variety of jocks.
And finally, Jesus Pablo & Di Rivera give us Runaway, an atmospheric cut that somehow manages to be prog in its epic construction, but pure Chicago in its sound palette. You'd need to be fully confident of your floor to drop this one, but if you are and you do, it'll slay 'em.
Like I said, then – another quality release from What Happens. Happy anniversary guys.
Out: This week (on Beatport), 5 October (everywhere else)