With Needwant’s 35th release, the label unveils a new force of nature in dance music. Faceless, origin unknown yet undoubtedly producing an indelible sonic footprint, utilising the heavy gravity of earth and its acoustics, vibrations and human voice, the outfit dubbed Life Beyond Earth have entered our atmosphere.
A side ‘Playground’ is driven by a tough, galloping groove enveloped in deep sub bass, and distortion combined with eerily faded melodic keys and penetrated throughout by the soulful velvety vocals of Starving Yet Full aka Cedric from the Junonominated electronic band Azari & III. Cedric lends his undeniable vocal presence to this deep and glitchy dancefloor bomb.
The Remix of ‘Playground’, delivered by Bristol based producers and former collaborators October & Borai is a darker, more sparse affair. Singling out Cedric’s echoing vocal and building tension with a bubbling undercurrent of bass and fx, the effect is nothing short of hypnotic as the synth patterns collide into the mix.
Bside ‘Walk With Me’, is another killer cut from Life Beyond Earth, alone. Kicking off with a thumping bass beat, warping synths stabs rise and multiply, while intricate textures and evolving tempos and techy, percussive grooves are punctuated by more sublime melodic keys.
Published: 2nd October 2014