Eleven years ago, at what seemed like the peak of his career during the mid-noughties minimal boom: we wouldn't have imagined French tech hero Lee Van Dowski re-surfacing on John Digweed's reputed Bedrock imprint. Van Dowski never stopped going though; take a look at his discography since and you'll see he's appeared on esteemed imprints such as Ilian Tape, Rekids and more recently Crosstown Rebels and its Rebellion diffusion label. Bedrock is a fitting home for the Nine Lives EP. The title track is a brooding and suspense filled serving of dancefloor drama in the vein of the Life & Death sound while "Ban This" sees him do trance with absolute precision: this features the most razor sharp and elevating arpeggio you'll hear this year! Finally, he ends on a deeper tip with "Miss One" which is similar in style to the last offering but is best described as early evening progressive house mood lighting.
Lee Van Dowski takes up where Luciano left off with Father and Fourges et Sabres. "On" is a rambling organic groove, supported by loose, at times almost ramshackle drums which support melancholic sax playing and then later what could be Middle Eastern pipes. The whole thing threatens to fall apart at every bar, but Van Dowski keeps it together through the use of an effective filter. Despite this, "On" constantly surprises, and by turns reveals mad guitar strumming, rambunctious jazz squalls and even half-heard chanting. "1977" is not as off the wall and is based on a tighter drummy groove, but it too has an adventurous feel thanks to its skittish piano lines and bluesy guitar riffs.