South London label Hear Other Sounds have really stepped things up this year. Their last release from Chaksa blurred the lines between Techno, Hip Hop and Dubstep with a truly individual style, so it’s fair to say we were hyped about this new release from Ardstepz.
The whole EP strikes me as a homage to the days of acid and Jungle, with a modern standard of production. A sampling master class for the Headz that know with an old school twist on modern techno.
Amen is as the title suggests, full of old school breaks and basses. Teasing high frequency breaks eventually give way to a weighty sub bass with catchy reggae style vocal hooks.
Gravity employs a serene detuned pad to devastating effect, building to a dynamic and heavily panned drop. High passed amen breaks lash out at the simple yet effective sub bass,
Physical has a much more frantic impression. Urgent off-beat sub hits contradict the groove to give the entire track a significant punch. As with the rest of the EP high passed breaks dominate the groove, while serene vocal samples add texture.
The only criticism is that the release lacks diversity. We would have liked to hear the artist employ their obvious talents with a slightly different sound palette, as the sub and break combination becomes a tad repetitive towards the end.
A solid release designed for the dancefloor, the Kiaraville EP is available to purchase via Beatport here.