Title: Credentials EP
Label: Switched On Records
Release Date: 30th April 2012
Catalogue No: SOR001
2. Pressure (D££mnds Olympus Mix)
The credentials EP sees new beginnings for both the artist and label involved. Switched On Records is a new project from S.E.F, formerly one half of Deep Teknologi Records, who has set his sights firmly on the Housier ends of things and introduces the relatively unknown London-based producer Alex D££mnds.
D££mnds pulls no punches with his first offering and lead track ‘Credentials’ is a dancefloor burner that has already been garnering support from Martyn, Sinden, Scratcha DVA, Altered Natives and Rinse FM’s MA1. In what can only be described as Deep house with urgency the title track is propelled by intertwining synths that are set to hypnotise the dancefloor and enthrall the DJ. Ebbing and flowing through a see of filters and and intermittent percussion the track is a boisterous take on House and the mammoth drop halfway through gives the track an extra dimension.
‘Pressure’ is an effort that is full of tension with is dark overtones and eerie melody is a definite grower with its subtle hi-hat arrangement that gives the track an abundance of swing and groove. The EP concludes with the most laid back effort of the three, ‘Baidin’. Fusing quirky key stabs with an almost muffled drum loop the track slowly unravels into a spaced out lullaby that floats into dreamy territory with extensive use of delay. Whilst it’s melancholic natures is what appeals the most it still manages to refrain from being too polite or conservative and is a warming end to the EP.
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