Show Me That Light EP
TBR: 12th December
The newest member of the Clergy music label Kwartz makes a stand after many years of determined music making. The time spent has fine-tuned his sound into a unique and memorable edge which has become synonymous with the scene. Three unique tracks with a Cleric remix make up the release, and the Vocal Tool at the end is a unique identifier. It's a DJ's world and it's great to see artists sharing their screwdrivers.
It opens with a deep bass driven thud full of synth filling and quick stepping rhythm. Tubular undertones raise in volume and the drums expand to make space for fiery hats and shakers . The pace is set from the start and it only gets more intense as the bars roll past at a frantic speed. Head bopping groove with resonant drumming grabs the attention and focuses it on the stereo. New sounds emerge from the amalgam to add exquisite new edges to the frothy mixture of beats. Robotic and futuristic, the industrial quality of the sound is unmistakable. Contortion is extremely fun and morish, with little melody but an awesome beat, there's only one thing for it, dancing.
New percussive instruments roll up beside the first number to reveal track two. Reload pushes the boundary of the bass drum over the line and with a stodgy sound, provides a thumping dance beat. Heavy and deep, the sensation is one of urgency. Artistic cymbals and sound effects spring in the odd timings interwoven through the steady bass drum to move the track in a snaking path of agile sleekness. Once more, rhythm makes up the most of the number, it's truly dance music and for people who like it high energy with almost intrusively pushed distortions.
Show Me That Light showcases vocals in a rare offering of the human touch. It begins with a bubbling bass, another iconic sound that we know to expect from this artist. Heavy and grabby beats which dig up the ground where we stand thunder across the stereo spectrum. Eerie synths with a ghostly melody begin to swirl over-head. Like clouds at night, it's difficult to resolve for the gloom however there is definite structure to wonder at in awe. Static and builds break through into snare rolls and high-pitched drones that crest on the audible range. As the hypnotic feel of the track has us truly attentive, the vocal sample begins with a highly effected female voice speaking about something spiritual. It's difficult to hear the words but we can feel them and their emotional intent.
Next is a remix of the previous track. Cleric is the head of Clergy Records and no-doubt wanted to give Kwartz a heave-ho on the ropes to truly get him started on the label. Taking the initial track and stripping it down into a cleaner feel, the bass still carries the same pace and composition. The fast double step with a smashing cymbal and snare riff over the top makes for a high energy dance tune. With less effects but just as much punch, the sharper sounds of the remix provide more space for the mind to fill in the gaps.
Catch this Kwartz live show on Youtube
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