Ben Prok and James Fitch serve up two very different tracks for veteran Chicago imprint Relief
A tasty offering from the Brighton duo here, coming hot on the heels of the huge Sheeple, which spent 10 weeks at the top of the Beatport chart. That's a hard act to follow. So have they managed it?
The simple answer is a resounding 'yes', as this two-track EP wows us with two different takes on their trademark tech-house sound. First up is Minder, which features the dulcet tones of Dajae. It starts with a bass-heavy intro with sparse drums, then builds slowly with more percussion added until the vocal hits and things get a little crazy. The sound is quirky, with off-the-wall samples and a large vocal breakdown, and the production is second to none.
The second track, Wailer itself, takes us to an altogether darker place, with ominous vocals and twisted synths creating a musical joyland of all things shadowy and tech. There are crazy rising synth riffs, clattering percussion and lots of messed-up sounds, and the production is electric and eclectic. This is one of those tracks that’s designed strictly for the dancefloor, where I have no doubt it will take the roof off.
As for picking a favourite, that's a tough one to call. Minder has a great vocal and is more accessible, while Wailer is almost evil in its presentation. I know that I will play both and they will both cause devastation, so my advice is check them both out and decide for yourselves.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 9