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EP REVIEW: HOWSE

HOWSE — Lay Hollow
(Tri-Angle)

Jungle beats vs. drum machine: PETE WALSH referees.

While I don’t generally fly in EDM circles, there’s something about Howse’s debut EP that’s shockingly addictive. With the release details shrouded in secrecy, I’m almost certain that the US electronic artist is a secret DJ warrior operating from some unknown location in a bid to take over the world with disquieting, trance-like tunes.

Leaving the pun of the artist’s name alone, there’s an ethereal quality here that lends an Alice In Wonderland-like dreaminess to tracks like Other Ways and VBS. The mysterious producer opts for a minimalist electro-house sound that follows a typical formula of bizarre backing samples with quick-paced, bass-driven rhythms rolling over top. The manipulation of the drum machine is worth a mention though, as thematic percussive samples give shape and body to the tracks. Staying away from the overly popular reverberating bass of dubstep and drum & bass, Howse’s offering has the potential to become a chillout classic.

PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer, as well as a bit of a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.

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About DENIS SEMCHENKO

Media & comms pro who works in mysterious ways. Writer, vinyl enthusiast, sort-of cineaste, history and geopolitics nerd and (nearly) reformed muso. Has a soft spot for hyphens and slashes. Will chew off your ear about obscure music, random facts and world football.

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