Joe Gamp, London - United Kingdom - on 14/5/12
Ethyl & Huxley
Three Feet High
SAINTS & SONNETS
Saints & Sonnets is the fresh new label by two of UK house music’s rising stars – the prolific Huxley and Pulse’s very own Jimmy Posters. The inaugural release is a trio of throbbing four to the floor rhythms by Huxley and longtime collaborator Ethyl, with Roman Flugel on remix duties.
Three Feet High is a wondrous epic of modern day progressive house, its prologue unraveling tentatively in anticipation of its seductive bassline and rustic kick drums which transform the track into a discordant groove. Subtle, almost subliminal backing synths flirt with drowned-out vocal samples, adding an eerie air of mystery to this languid jam. As if emerging from the abyss, a fleeting Motown vocal ushers in a ripening, warm pad and subdued Rhodes chords gently ease us into the lush breakdown. With the melodies and percussion to-ing and fro-ing erratically throughout, the track reveals a scatty character that feels not unlike a Moodymann number.
Enduring stalwart of German house, Roman Flugel then takes to the duo’s original with a pair of tasty interpretations. Stripping back the melancholic synths of the original, Version 1 is a much more upbeat slice of deep house that bounces along with barely a moment’s respite. Version 2 is more in keeping with the original; a less boisterous and more mystical piece that demonstrates how deep house producers like Flugel and Hamburg’s Solomun and Stimming are challenging Berghain-esque techno for the dominant sound of German house.
Overall, this is a debut release of the highest caliber that makes a real statement about Huxley and Posters’ ambition by covering a range of in-vogue styles. With release 02 also gaining much support, expect a big things to come for Saints & Sonnets.
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