London based producer iO Sounds has been making big shapes in the underground over the past few years, the rising artist dropped an exciting collaborative EP with Lakosa via Kerri Chandler’s MadTech imprint last year, as well as a remix for Chandler’s long-running Madhouse label. We’ve also heard outstanding guest mixes for Cameo on BBC’s 1Xtra and Coco Cole’s Capital FM show. With this in mind it’s no surprise to see the enigmatic producer snapped up for a series of releases on 2020Vision, a label that has a knack for finding talent in the early stages of their career.
‘C’mon People’ kicks off the 12, seeing iO Sounds craft a rugged composition with a lo-fi productionfeel, the dusty atmospherics lay the foundations, while the crunchy percussive elements, rich bass tones and spoken-word vocal snippets add a raw charm and quality to the aesthetic, kicking things off in style. This is followed by ‘Execute’, which embraces a similar feel, tipping the focus towards gritty drum sounds, while dubbed out piano chords and processed synths create an ever-blossoming dynamism.
Opening the flip side of the release is ‘Freak You’, a heavily bass-led workout employing penetrating sub tones; robust off-kilter rhythms and mesmerizing processed vocals uttering the tracks title. Then last up to close the package is ‘All Your Life’, an intelligent closing piece which veers things into a more refined, low-slung feel, iO Sounds pulls the production back to a more sparse feel here to wind things down, fusing his signature dusty drum sounds with cosseting piano hits and warm bass sounds tucked into the depths of the composition.
This is a yet another classy offering as expected from 2020Vision; iO Sounds’ ‘Uncut Vol.1’ is out on 2020Vision 21st July 2014.
Published: 26th June 2014