The once expansive chasm dividing house, techno and bass music has been subject to a tectonic shift in recent times. With perennial artists like Maya Jane Coles, Paul Woolford, Joy Orbison and Boddika all dipping into each other’s pockets to add diversity not only to their sets but their productions as well, thus closing the gaps on a previously torn landscape.
Unflinchingly straddling the cracks is Brighton’s very own Guy Andrews. His latest available work ‘The Wait b/w Hands In Mine’ expertly blends a heady cocktail of genres, without ever sounding like an imitation of its influences. It finds itself released via – perhaps the most suitable record label -Hotflush, themselves enjoying something of a renaissance of diversity with recent excursions from Jimmy Edgar and Beaumont.
Both tracks liberally flirt with busy percussive programming, dubstep’s purple synths and, focused bottom-heavy grooves.“The Wait” drives forward on tremors from it’s 4/4 kick, whereas “Hands in Mine” smuggles an acidic synth and 808-style bassline under a curtain of tribal percussion, which is often drawn back to reveal lush paddy moments of anticipation.
The EP sits very nicely alongside other recent Hotflush releases, such as the non 80’s sounding bits of Scuba’s “Personality” and George FitzGerald’s “Shackled”, and is an exciting teaser to future Guy Andrews releases. Hotflush are set to drop another EP in the autumn, and we can only hope that they have again found something as original and well-polished as this.
Released May 28th:
The Wait – 7.5/10
Hands in Mine – 8/10