Sei A back on his mother label for an outstanding contribution to Turbo Warehouse Series after strong releases on Kompakt, Simple, Hemlock and his own Seinan label.
The prodigal son returns with this 3 track ep of innovative club music. The palette will be familiar to the Scottish producer’s growing fanbase, but things have clearly evolved on every level: finely crystallized percussion is the star of the show here, layered expertly into swinging grooves, accented by subtle melodies and hammered home by deep warehouse-grade bass.
A-side Blades of Brasil is a top class stealth bomber of a track- the tempo hangs down at 115 and the beats are low-slung, but the chug is fierce, the percussion sounds absolutely mesmerizing, and the build-up moves forward with an unwavering force of inevitability… a massive groundswell of bass emerges from the slow rolling magma core, highlighted by futuristic sirens, slick rides and laser-glazed zaps. Subtle all around, but truly masterful.
Swoon picks up the tempo and adds a hooky vocal, carried forward by tense stabs and syncopated claps. A track that single-handedly gives the mostly irrelevant ‘tech-house’ genre a reason to exist. Amen.
Finally, Made of Something is playful by comparison to the other tracks, hitting at pop talent with the dubbed vocal and melodic build of the pads before dropping back in to a killer funk pattern of sick hi-tech drums and resonant hits popping off with brilliantly timed delays.
The arrangement stays interesting the whole way through the EP. There’s nothing obvious here, just raw talent compressed into clanging Scottish warehouse funk.