It seems as if producers are definitely getting younger these days. This EP, for example, is the work of UK-based producer Callum Watson, who makes his recording debut at the tender age of 20. P H 45 is an assured and floor-friendly debut, with the talented youngster joining the dots between UK funky, deep house, tech-house and garage. There's an atmospheric feel about the title track's pitched-down vocal samples, throbbing bass and foreboding melodies, while "Rogue State" sits somewhere between spiralling, Dirtybird-ish EDM and poignant deep house. Best of all, though, is "Rose Cottage", which hits home hard thanks to booming bass, skippy 4/4 garage beats and creepy electronics.
Callum Watson makes his Four40 debut with this dynamic trio of bass-laced UKG treats. The cleverly titled (especially considering his young age) "Sines Of Aging" is straight out the My Nu Leng / Mak & Pasteman playbook - a dark groove, a hooky bassline and beats so crunchy they could be endorsed by Walkers. "No Games" lives up to its name as a no-messing, heavy-hitting bass house hurter. Finally "Trove" switches the 4/4 for a sweetly skippy two-step rhythm and a more drone-like tubular bass sounds. The real treasure in this particular "Trove", however, is the beautiful chord structure on the breakdown. Bountiful.
Callum Watson arrived with a bang on the UK bass scene in 2013 at the tender age of 20. Now he's all grown up like, and it shows. His new EP, Lux, is indeed a luxurious treat for connoisseurs of the finest bass music known to man. There are four serious workouts here, beginning with the title track's eerie opening gambit, "TriFi", features a fuzzy bass bounce, stomping percussion and a beautifully evocative breakdown, whilst after all that emotion WATSN straightens his shoulders for the hard as nails, hip-hop sampling "Dis". Finally the paranoia beat of "BDP" sees indecipherable chatter masked by serpentine rhythms and edge of your seat drums patterns. Safe!
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