Locked Groove & Innershades
Locked Groove Records
TBR: 24th August
Since creating his Locked Groove impress, the named artist has put a great selection of hard hitting EPs onto the scene. Setting in stone the ethos of the new rave and jungle clubs, finding a home for this cutting edge grandchild of those iconic 80s and 90s has done no end of favours for the sound. Innershades, a Belgian artist best known for works on Crème Organization, Pinkman and Hot Haus Records, lends his expertise to give this new number a dose of fresh-up and shine.
The Gate, which features Innershades, begins the EP. A dark and technological synth whispers in low tones to set a scene for introspective dancing. With the entrance of rhythm, a quick and energetic beat flows from the well-spring of happy days. Trilling melodics two-step around the pounding bass, and underscore melodics keep the pulse in shape. Light-shows of the mind and gloomy corners of friendly faces project through this journey of rave-based yet ultra modern track.
Retro drum loops and oscillating synths build the foundation of Waiting For The Climax, the second track on offer here. Rolling snares and hi-hats crest the peaks of synth bass tones and rhythm pinned blips. Gradual build-up allows the track to caress each section with subtle shifts and barely noticeable additions to the mix. As they grow in volume and clarity, justified gear-changes flow as corners are turned and landmarks are passed by. Throbbing bass notes add a distinctly old-school flavour to the mix. Singing synth tones spiral upwards, lifting the energy into new states of being. Nostalgic wallowing in the sounds of previous technologies always helps us to rekindle the fires from before.
The EP ends on Drop The Midrange. A tip of the hat into the jungle direction, frantic sample loops build on something a little softer and less intrusive than what we may recall. Pleasant chording synths bring on a dreamy sensation while happy drums knit a tangled framework of bouncy material. Feel-good vibrations shine from this one like a packet of sunbeams. Wobbly notes underneath the hard-hitting yet melodious harmonies give a salt-and-pepper style seasoning and the odd injection of classic vocal sample helps to anchor the music in its roots.
The EP sports three individual tracks, each with a distinct flavour and feel. As a piece, it works well with the same quality as a three course meal. With similarity running through like a loosely threaded stitch, the music takes a fresh corner every time. Because these aren't short and snappy numbers, the EP is actually a decent twenty minutes or so, making it extremely good value for money as well.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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