Fina Records return with a stellar six track EP entitled ‘ These Things’ this .... by Leeds-based producer Tom Taylor, backed with mixes from Jack Dixon and Clive Herny & Rui Da Silva.
Fina Records launched back in 2011 and at such an early stage has already released cuts from the likes of Leif, Mic Newman, Simon Baker and MAM (Miguel Campbell & Matt Hughes). This stands as testament to the attentive A&R approach of the label heads, picking up on rising talents in the industry and having a heavy impact from the off. This release from local talent Tom Taylor marks a milestone for the label as they reach their tenth release, Taylor is most-notably known for his work with labels such as 2020 Vision, Poker Flat and Dessous and delivers infectious house grooves full of warmth and oozing class.
The release opens with ‘Twilight’, a smooth, ethereal number employing gentile filtered melodies, a whispering vocal hook and off-kilter broken beats all of which are seemingly ever-evolving for seven minute duration. Following is ‘Don’t Give Up’, a chuggy, slo-mo track, driven by punchy disco drums, soulful vocal licks and a cosseting pad-line. Taylor demonstrates his ability to craft intelligent, hypnotizing music across the board here brilliantly.
Next up is ‘This World’, a piano-driven, groove-led track focusing on steady progression and subtle background automation to create a flourishing dynamism, Taylor throws in some emotive vocal lines and hi- strings to boot, resulting in a beautiful house cut.
Stepping up on remix duties is man of the hour Jack Dixon reworking ‘Twilight’, the Hotflush artist strips back the vibe of the original with sparse, weighty drums and infuses drawn out reverb tails and elongated echoes into the depths of the background alongside a heady synth line tipping this interpretation into peak-time territory.
Closing the release are the digital exclusives, firstly Clive Henry teams up with Rui Da Silva to reshape ‘This World’, the duo instil a raw energy to the original, adding sharp keys and dark atmospherics that slowly blossom towards a huge reverb soaked breakdown. This is perfect early hours deepness.
Tom Taylor’s ‘These Days’ is out on Fina Records ....
Published: 24th January 2013