Contemplative steppery from Vaun as he follows up his debut earlier this year with yet another refreshingly deep-yet-vibrant double tracker. "Comatose" opens with pianos so striking you could be convinced you're about to chow down on a nice slice of classical. Then the brief-but-bold vocal sample slips in and brings a dream-like bassline with it. The perfect balance of uplifting and moody, Vaun's on the money right here. "Colourful" lives up to its name with spine-tingling pads, rushes and well crafted percussive elements all gelling to create a chilled track that still packs a punch.
Vaun's emotional, highly musical blend of bass music reaches a new high as he delivers an epic six-track opus on Mindstep. Coming on strong like fellow Bristolian countryman Phaeleh, he treads a fine line between dancefloor weight and life soundtracking future-minded soul. Highlights include the dreamy, star-gazing almost Massive Attack-like "Sidelines" with Sarah Zed, the smoky Soulectionesque spoken word pressure of "Knowledge" and the wondrous beatless beauty of "One Touch". Vaun's skills and creativity are becoming more and more apparent by the release. Highly recommended.
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