Review: Trym aka Martin Lermurier kick-starts Involve's new digital series with a four-tracker that's inspired by 90s trance. The title track sees him drop an epic synth melody and ghoulish vocal samples before a pounding, pummelling kick drum takes hold. On "Polar Aura", the sound veers towards the 303-madness of Emmanuel Top - who is also a big influence for label owner Regal - as an insistent acid line and a vocal sample that claims 'it has always been about house music' bring the listener to trance nirvana. "Transition" is even more intense, with bleak synth lines and 303s spiralling out of control, while "Melodic Flirt" closes out the release with a gnarly acid workout.
Review: After six years spent teasing and titillating with a steady stream of high value singles, David Kennedy is finally ready to release his debut full-length under the now familiar Pearson Sound alias. The first artist album to appear on the Hessle Audio imprint he co-founded with Pangaea and Ben UFO, Pearson Sound is a surprisingly sparse and otherworldly affair. Intriguingly, Kennedy's usual twisted, dubbed-out analogue rhythms largely take a back seat, with moments of tough dancefloor abandon (see "Rubber Tree" and the tipsy "Headless") playing second fiddle to stripped-back synth-scapes and otherworldly ambience. It's striking on first listen, and only gets more impressive with repeat listens