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Reviewed on 26th October 2011.



By D/R/U/G/S

D/R/U/G/S new EP gets better with every listen. The mechanical simplicity of "Connected" overpowers the need for an overflow of bass or percussion. Neatly contained and at a good pace throughout, subtlety prevails yet again. Three intricately-arranged tracks piece together a sturdy House-jigsaw. It gives you the feel that the EP has been engineered rather than wrote.

Track one "Connected" is 6 minutes of poise and precision. With more stuff like this, D/R/U/G/S will have a sound familiar to us all. You'll find yourself nodding along contently to the first beat, as it raps and taps the walls of your speaker. Pleasantly arranged keys and a warping techno-jig fades in and out of hearing. He layers a rhythm onto two keyboard voices: the first is slow, soft and cloudy; the second is a sonic-delight, much appreciated. It's a track that gets better as it goes along, like a motivational speech from Morgan Freeman. It swallows you up, there is no reason not to like it, so you do. D/R/U/G/S is a prime example of how you can extend one tune into a cluster of absorbing, engrossing, dance music.

"Hyperdream Clap" begins with reverberant, hollow percussion. The sheer volume of the various beats is impressive, some echoing, some sizzling, great work all round from D/R/U/G/S. Throughout the track he keeps inducing new sounds at alternating paces, withdrawing the percussion at times to keep the listener on their toes. The ingredients are interlaced over a sampled voice that repeats the words "Who'd he think he is". Crisp, subtle and slight, another good effort.

Track three "Unified Field" is an elongated-trek of head-swaying, head-turning House-fever. I'd compare the first-half to someone running up the stairs of a water-slide, climbing higher, full of anticipation, then the second half an inevitably-ecstatic, slither to the bottom; each note a magical trickle to land-level. It's a 7-minute track but it's definitely worth the persistence.

Amongst the complex beats, techno-subsidence and House-riffs, the reoccurring theme seems to be the rewarding longevity of this EP. Your opinion enriches the more time you give it to flourish. D/R/U/G/S, by taking multiple influences is starting to develop a trademark sound, but who knows? With this EP he may have already done it. Not a fan of House on record? He's supporting Digitalism this winter!



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