The UK disco boy Ash Reynolds follows up his last EP for Slightly Transformed with a new LP for the label, a diverse and all-encompassing disco-house gem for the small hours. The opener "Mysterious Vibe" is the grooviest piece of house funk that we've heard in a while - not to mention its glorious array of synths - and the dude follows up rather spectacularly with the rest of the release. We're particularly into "Play The Game" for its Detroit sensibility that reminds us of Kyle Hall's funkier output. Dopeness, indeed!
Put on your gladdest of drags and hit the main thoroughfare; for his debut album Reynolds is taking us to town and he's doing it with serious sonic style. Down To The Strip is a hazy, dusky balmy LA Miami night circa 1985. An album built up around the warmest filters, clever samples and velvet synths cruising at a smooth mid tempo and surprising with plenty of twists in the tale; highlights include the bending chords and slouching breaks of "Hold On", the sublime hypnosis of "Under The Moon", the strange jazzy spring of "Oh!" and the Roule style loopy finesse of "Chuggin Edits". Time to strip things back.
Londoner Ash Reynolds has been burning up dancefloors for ten years now as a DJ. He's only lately taken to production, but he's already proved he's got the chops. "Spend The Night" is a slick re-edit of an anonymous '80s soul tune in which he has expertly chopped up the singer's breathy vocals, lending the funky streamline electro-house backing track a nagging, ethereal groove. Hot stuff!
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