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Innate 003

Various Artists

INN8003 | 2020-09-15  
After taking time out to search for the right blend of carefully curated tracks, Bristol-based dancefloor futurists Innate return to action with a third multi-artist EP - shot through with melody, warmth and soul.

In keeping with the aural agenda set by the label's first two EPs, Innate 003 offers up another quartet of timeless-sounding tracks full of stargazing sounds, undulating acid lines, far-sighted electronics and crackling drum machine beats. It's little less than you'd expect given the quality of the producers involved, all of whom are undisputed masters of their craft.

Long-time friend of the label Perseus Traxx sets the tone with 'Drifting In Space', a loose-limbed exercise in analogue house deepness that wraps slowly shifting pads, meandering melodies and pulsating TB-303 motifs around broken house drums and thickset acid bass.
Next up is 'Sinders' by Australian scene stalwart Ewan Jansen, a veteran producer whose recent excursions on Polen and Freerange were every bit as inspired and ageless as his celebrated late 1990s productions. His first contribution to Innate's multi-artist EP series effortlessly blurs the boundaries between far-sighted, Motor City style techno and the kind of head-in-the-clouds analogue deep house that's always been his forte.

Over on the flip, the label welcomes Reedale Rise to the imprint for the very first time. In keeping with the brilliance of his 2018 debut album 'Luminous Air', 'Coral' is a colourful, thoughtful and picturesque voyage into deep electro territory rich in ear-catching melodies, engaging chord sequences, bubbly bass and crunchy machine percussion. It may have been made for dancing, but it's the kind of track you can happily get lost in, too. To round things off, label co-founder Owain K returns to the imprint for the first time since INNATE 001 18 months ago. 'Teifi' is another ultra-deep treat from the sometime Loudeast, Dessous and Arthouse artist: an enveloping, cocoon-like dancefloor excursion rich in fluttering lead lines, slowly expanding chords, vintage deep house bass and punchy drums. As with many of his productions, it conveys more emotion in six all-instrumental minutes than many songwriters manage in a lifetime. It seems a fitting conclusion to Innate's latest immaculate, eyes-closed voyage.
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