After the success of the last outing on Rawax, A5 returns to throw down some more of that refined and thoroughly deep analogue house business. While there are plenty of pads and minor chord tones fussing around the EP, it's the punchiness that actually makes this record stand out. On "Track 2" there's a three-note bass line that comes in every four bars that pulls all those wispy elements to the floor with devastating accuracy, while on "Track 3" the whipcrack snares and claps that come firing in from jaunty angles perfectly spice up the direct arpeggios of what could otherwise be a standard deep house tune. "Track 4" raises the bar more overtly with a staggered groove of the most curious construction, but still manages to keep everything holding together, as wild drums and flapping synths get sharpened down to the point of an arrow.
Owen Jay, Nick P Warren, Ender, Hernan Cronner, Alex Danilov, Satore (Hizou Deep Rooted Music), Femanyst, Autoreply Music, In Flagranti, Seahorse & Castle, Unam Zetineb, Ka One (Flyance Records), LHT, Shine Grooves
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