Sunday, 29 April 2012

Jay Bliss - The Art Of Doing Nothing EP

Only the second release here from a new label headed up by Alex 'Hypercolour' Jones, Ste Roberts and Dave 'MN2S' Elkabas. And if you're looking for stylistic clues in that last sentence, then Hypercolour's forward-thinking, leftfield house and techno rather than MN2S's uplifting vocal house are what you need to be thinking about.

Opener Doing Nothing is the most 'traditional' cut on offer, a fairly chunky deep house floor-groover with bubblin' sub-aquatic synths, a meaty bass riff and a simple three-note piano hook. X then takes us further into experimental pastures with its lo-fi crackles, skittish rhythms and sci-fi synth noises. The latter's accompanied by a 14-minute Petre Inspirescu mix that may appeal to fans of Plastikman, Aphex Twin et al, though I have to say it's a glitch too far for me personally… but digital bonus cut Atonement lets us end on a high, as Bliss relaxes the tempo and gets his dubwise skank on.

Out: This week

About: The new label from the Hypercolour/Glass Table/MN2S/1Trax boys is called Initials and can be found on Facebook and Soundcloud… you can also read an interview with them at Greg Fenton's Magazine Sixty

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