German producer Coss has been around for a few years now, but has yet to really break through, despite a string of releases on numerous digital labels. "The Man Who Drank The Universe", the title track on this short EP for new imprint Metenoia, is arguably one of his strongest cuts to date. Thanks to some atmospheric, emotion-rich piano work, bittersweet electronics, and a slowly expanding build-up (based around atmospheric jazz percussion hits), it feels particularly evocative. Yet it's also rather floor-friendly, with thickset synth bass and shuffling deep house rhythms. There's a similarly mixed-up feel to virtual flipside "Stepping Into Fire", which sits somewhere between icy deep house and glacial nu-disco.
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