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Vapour Trails

Harrison BDP

Enclave Records
ER003 | 2018-07-30  
The middle of 2018 sees Enclave Records chalk up its third release and to say we are excited about this one could well be the understatement of the entire year! As anyone who's been following his progress will already know, Harrison BDP has really gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months. With a slew of Grade A releases on the likes of Artesian Sounds, Music is Love and Shall Not Fade, as well as countless gigs across Europe and beyond, Harrison is rapidly approaching that milestone in any producer's journey - the point at which a listener feels they know who the artist is without having heard the track before.

Harrison's opener wastes little time in firmly establishing the EP's groove-centric core and, much like the centre of a star - otherwise known as the Convection Zone' - this one's hotter than the sun. While rock-solid rims set the track up, the irrepressible bass hook and nagging hats provide just the right amount of swung jazz flavour to keep those ears tweaking. But don't get too comfortable - just wait for the additional layer of woozy percussion to come staggering in like it's gate-crashed someone else's track. This is one seriously solid cut.

While A2 may not have a title, it certainly isn't lacking in terms of identity and sense of purpose and demonstrates that Harrison's influences are deeper and broader than you might first expect. While the bottom end is imbued with a generous lick of acid, the submerged melodics manage to suggest a touch of classic Marizio-esque dub styling. Things take an unexpected but welcome turn when a gorgeous arepeggio emerges and lifts the sonic gaze to an altogether higher plane, before the programming strips back down again for that all-important heads down section. Enclave Records is committed to showcasing emerging artists, irrespective of where they currently are on their flightpath, and in Garth James we're adamant we've unearthed a rough diamond.

Disturbingly youthful to be turning out tracks as authentic, yet as well-judged as these, our Antipodean maestro knocks it straight out of the park with the absolute animal that is Dear Lizzie'. While the underpinnings of the track undoubtedly bang hard, Garth's synth work lends the track an arresting fragility and mournfulness that rewards the attentive listener and it adds up to an intoxicating mix you'll want to keep coming back to. This one's been extensively road tested and the look on the floor's faces at the one minute mark (you know, that look) never ceases to make us grin.

Garth's closer should leave you in no doubt that we've barely scratched the surface with this guy. While weighty toms work away in harness with frazzled percussion, the star of the show is what can only be described as a knackered church organ - lending the track a solemn, almost hymnal quality that allows us to draw breath as the EP draws to a close. Though there's an undeniable air of melancholia, a feeling only heightened by the sounding of a single, folorn, guitar chord, there's an also a life-affirming quality that hints at the hope of what's yet to come.

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