The Hungarian house hero makes his debut on Ronnie Spiteri's label wth a fine three-tracker
James Grow is the wunderkind of Hungarian house. He first came to prominence in 2009 and has been steadily growing his reputation ever since, with this latest EP with Kenja specifically in mind featuring three quality club tracks in a deep tech style.
The title track is first up and starts with a kickdrum, claps, tom toms and a pad sound in the background, then eventually gets busy with a vocal loop and a crisp hi-hat pattern that slices through as the track develops. It's simple in its presentation, but simple is often more effective and that's definitely the case here. There's a breakdown with a snare roll-out and a tasty little synth riff that adds drama, and overall it's the type of track you play to a packed floor to keep the crowd grooving.
Much the same could be said the second track, Faith, which is a builder with a simple synth riff, developing percussion, muted vocals and a solid backbeat. Again there's a tasty breakdown to give the crowd a little break, and then it's back into the simple but highly effective groove. Last but not least comes Dumbovar, an emotive groover which starts with a percussive intro with icy hats, defined claps and a pulsing synth line, to which is added a vocal line that's there for its rhythmic effect (as opposed to a sing-along) and works like a charm. Another breakdown is used to good effect and the tune carries on with a nice synth line and breathy pads, before starting to disassemble as it nears the end.
What you get here are three deep tech floor-ticklers that are perfect building blocks for a set. If I have to pick a favourite then I'll go for Atlas itself – it sounds nice and choppy, and has soaring pads that a crowd will react to very favourably.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 12 July
Review Score: 8