The mysterious Left Hand Sound System come with four killer deep grooves
German label dub.sphere serve up a four-track EP that's packed with deep, techy house goodness.
Leading the charge is Hellio itself, which tops simple 4/4s and a one-note bass throb with hazy, warping chords and ominous, bell-like pad sounds that linger from here till Xmas. There's an extended kick-free section in the middle by way of a breakdown, but generally this is one of those tracks that gets in a groove and stays there - perfect for those eyes-wide-shut 5am moments.
But good as Hellio is, the other three cuts are no mere support acts. Embi, which follows, is a heads-down tech-house roller that stands out for its deft deployment of lovely warm keys. Similarly, some proper jazzy keyboard work puts an altogether more musical face on Jage's midtempo tribal drums, while Kika closes out the EP with muffled, near-bruk beats and mournful trumpet.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8