HOWSE — Lay Hollow
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.