Velocity Heights/ Whut
Known and respected as one of the top promoters in the heart of the Leeds music scene, Joe Morris has been extending his talent to production, creating what might be his best work yet for Mat Playford’s imprint, Social Problem. The new offering from the label, “Velocity Heights/ Whut” features two house tracks that exemplify Joe Morris’ nearly two-decade experience with DJing. His music is often described as pooling from a longstanding history of influences and his notable affinity for Chicago house, which is manifested clearly in this release.
‘Velocity Heights’, A1 for the release, intros with a solid minute and half of building synth and percussive lines that unsuspectingly emerge directly into the lead groove. Sultry female vocal samples supplement melodic keys, airy pads and heavy snare/cymbal work to create the textured atmosphere that composes the heart of the track.
‘Whut’, the B1, represents the more stripped-down side of the release, but still maintains a signature Chicago-influenced sound. From the start, ‘Whut’ sets itself apart from the A-side by developing gradually and slowly introducing new elements through to climax. However, similarly to ‘Velocity Heights’, an airy atmosphere and heavy percussive play set the perfect backdrop for the evolving keys and arpeggiated synth lines. These common elements of the A and B-sides serve well in tying the release together, further defining Joe Morris’ sound.
All in all, “Velocity Heights/ Whut” is some of the finer composition from Joe Morris, and shows the maturation of his production work while staying true to his original influences.
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