Continuing to go about their considered house business, FBNM turns once again to established underground head Andy Ash for its next EP. The Liverpool man, previously associated with labels like Black Key and Scenery as well as having released on this label in 2012, serves up three tracks of well-rooted, beautifully analogue sounding house that’s rich with both musicality and physicality.
Opening up the account is ‘Hard Groove’, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Heavyweight kicks set a firm tempo whilst beautiful synths snake all around them like a low flying spaceship. Prickly, shiny percussive slices help to emphasis the groove and sense of bounce and midway through a nerve gangling breakdown makes for a moment of real emotion before the thing kicks like a mule once again.
The A2 is taken up by ‘One’, which chucks slinky hi hats on top of paddy kick drums. Its jacking house music with a true sense of soul at its core and once again, deft synth patterns and little pixelated melodies marble the whole arrangement with the end result being a Dream2Scieen style deep house tune with slightly rawer edges.
The whole of the B2 is given over to ‘Untitled Groove Two’. This one shape shifts a little more, twisting and turning on its heels as synth stabs and tightly bobbling bass notes all dance with an infectious sense of liveliness that your average producer just can’t achieve. Cute vocal stabs also pop up through out, adding an all-important sense of humanness.
Three more killer tracks from Andy Ash, then, that whilst paying heed to house music’s long heritage also look to the future in their serene synth patterns and proud production techniques.