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In the run-up to release of debut album, Grain, Ashworth treats us to a three track EP of extended 12” edits taken from the long player.
Ashworth has turned the heads of press, punters and DJs alike in recent times. His unique sound draws on a number of varied influences from House to Techno to Dub, always impressing with equal measures of originality and musicianship.
Originally asked to record a single for the pioneering London-based imprint Needwant, a creative surge of day and night studio sessions resulted in hours of new music, which was eventually edited down to a cohesive 12 track album. Three of the more club- orientated tracks are now presented on this stunning new EP in the form of extended 12” edits.
Up first is 'Cork,' a layered, uplifting, almost ethereal House track, based around reassuringly familiar chords, ever-evolving with the analogue warmth of a Korg MS20 creeping in and out of the foreground and the constant swell of fuzzy background sound. An intermittent muted piano adds a touch of cosy nostalgia.
Next is 'Grain,' a peak moment of intensity, unashamedly on-the-nose, with just a few raw elements, all explored and pushed to the limit. Lastly, 'Fireworks' the less conventional of the three features Ashworth’s recording of a firework display, weaving the bangs, screams and blasts into a tapestry of 80's Kraftwerk inspired synths, muted reverb- drenched percussion, and a satisfying, growling bass line.
Cork EP is a window with a fine view into the upcoming collection of sound Ashworth has put together on his debut album, Grain.
Published: June 25, 2015