Growing up in Metro-Detroit, and having recently played on the 'Made in Detroit' stage at this year's Movement Festival, you'd have a fair idea of what to expect from Appian. Indeed, the influence of the Motor City's signature sound on much of the burgeoning talent's output is unmistakable. Yet Appian's forthcoming release 'Chatter EP' on FINA Records is a testament to his varied and experimental production style; a distinctive sound borne out of inspirations as varied as funk, experimental electronica, disco, "80s stuff", early house, and Aphex Twin.
Arguably, the key to a successful "split EP", featuring tracks from a range of artists, is delivering a range of floor-friendly cuts that DJs can reach for at different points in the night. What's on offer here more than passes this test. There's some stabbing, stomping old skool revivalism from NDV ("Chestivations"), a glittering slice of warm-up futurism from Appian (the superb "G381"), and a sweet, undulating, late night foray into melody-heavy space-house from Cyclonix ("Rising Tide"). Best of all, though, is Nubian Mindz' "Lock Out", a formidably sweaty romp through heavily percussive peaktime pastures that's worth the admittance price alone. As ever with Nubian Mindz, the drums are layered brilliantly, with just the right amount of murky atmospherics to impress the heads-down late night crew.