Produced at different stages over the course of an entire year, the Conscious EP is the sound of two producers at the peak of their powers. In one corner is Rossko, the longstanding FUSE resident, best known for his knack for unearthing cutting-edge house and techno sounds— and a man who values a quality-over-quantity approach to production. In the other is Per Hammar, the Sweden-born, Berlin-based resident of Malmo’s much-respected Kiloton party and the owner of the Dirty Hands and 10YEARS labels. Rossko’s second release on Fuse-affiliated labels and the first collaboration between the pair, this stifling hot three-tracker has already won support from label boss Enzo Siragusa and Seb Zito, with both DJs using the record to great effect in recent sets for Mixmag.
We kick off with the brilliantly trippy and relentless strands of 'Unconscious'. A hypnotic cut that's hypnotic, playful and thoroughly unpredictable, it showcases both producers' knack for high class tech-house with some panache. A fascinating sign of things to come, it gets us underway in seriously auspicious fashion.
Middle track 'Subbconscious' is one that's been lighting up dancefloors for a while now, with both long-standing Fuse founder Enzo Siragusa and long-time Fuse member Seb Zito both using the track to great effect at Fuse's recent 10 year celebrations. A perc-heavy track that's imbued with some wonderful tribal samples, the atmosphere is duly brought up a notch here by the time the track heads for deeper pastures. A thoroughly engaging and unique proposition, 'Subconscious' is very much the sound of an impressive and reciprocal collaborative effort.
Rounding off the release is the suitably-named 'Dubbsconcious'. A nimble, quick-footed gem that again showcases the pair's understanding (as well as their love for off-kilter motifs), this one is all about the relentlessness of the groove. A canny DJ tool that should keep the night ticking over at a consistent pace, it closes an eclectic release in impressive fashion.
Published: 25th February 2019