Providing a state-of-the-art rejuvenation of 90s ambient house, the ‘Heart
‘ EP (the first in a 2-part set of records) serves as a fluent example of the lighter side of Greg Scrase
‘s previously little-known, but masterfully honed craft – here paying homage to the past greats of electronica, drawing together different threads of influence and applying them to his own colourful sonic palette. The 12” contains 3 exquisite original tracks that bubble and grow with a vibrant analogue charm, imbued with Scrase’s house-ier tendencies and melodic capabilities – backed-up by a very special remix of ‘Flyover’ from like-minded acid aficionado Dave Monolith
(under the moniker MNLTH
The title track, ‘Heart‘, opens the EP with timeless melodies that organically intertwine, drawing back the curtain to reveal a plethora of intricately coalescing layers. With a unique balance of rough and clean a delicate sense of faltering euphoria is created, as augmented vocal swells washed in reverb swim among sparkling synths and broken pianos, driven firmly along by robust kicks and claps. The track moves through shifting sonic pastures, littered with resonant waves and ripples, culminating in a peak that can only be described as epic, before the A-side closes with the palette-cleansing ambient revolutions of ‘Ice Exploration Party‘.
On the B-side ‘Flyover‘ picks up where ‘Heart’ left off, stylistically similar to the title track in its essence, whilst possessing a more majestic feeling – the harmonies confident and the form cohesive. Commencing with a solid beat underpinned by a repeating fog horn-like pulse, streams of soaring voices reach out to trace dreamy outlines of billowing structures, tying together the elements of the track with a blissful simplicity. Monolith’s remix of ‘Flyover’ sees him build upon the euphoric elements of the original, re-interpreting the track as a lush electronic pop classic in his trademark style – blending slick acid and catchy melodies with a subtle poignancy.
Scrase – Another
Formats: 12″ / Digital
Label: Love Love Records
Release Date: 11th August 2014
In contrast to his ‘Heart‘ release, Scrase’s ‘Another‘ EP provides a dark and twisted journey down more alien avenues – the streaming melodies & warm atmospheres of the previous EP supplanted by arcane wooden rhythms and mechanised bass movements. A small collection of club-engineered tracks displaying a wider range of styles sit amongst intricately constructed percussive tracks, topped off with a brooding remix of the title track by the ever consistent Irish techno duo Lakker. Whilst ‘Another’ delivers a slab of crawling, warehouse-weight with an Eastern flavour, ‘Movon’ provides a minimal take on UK bass music fine-tuned to devastating effect. The three percussive tracks littered throughout the release explore a very different angle, combining dusty wooden rhythms with dread-filled tones and complex manipulations, lending the diverse collection of tracks a strong ritualistic feeling.
The first of three percussive tracks, ‘Perc 12
‘ opens the EP on an eerie tone utilising primal patterns and tribal timbres; providing an organic, intricately carved backdrop to the rest of the release. Each with their own nuances, all three percussive tracks give a deeper insight into Scrase’s output through complex polyrhythmic arrangements. The title track ‘Another
‘ layers similarly rhythmic wooden percussion into a more regimented structure, bolstered with bone-rattling thuds and topped with warm tropical tumbles. The track’s dance-friendly framework is offset by Scrase’s impulsive twist on the traditional techno blueprint, craftily playing with the listener’s expectations. The Lakker
remix of ‘Another’ heightens the hypnotic nature of the original, slicing the percussive elements into grainy syncopated rhythms bristling with a feral industrial edge. ‘Movon
‘, the first track on the B-side, instantly leaps into action, with huge 808 kicks and tight percussion providing the backdrop to a razor sharp, shapeshifting bassline. Using stripped down, barebone elements, Scrase create’s a truly original hybridisation of styles, a hallmark which is consistent throughout his work.
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