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Here’s something nice. It’s the new EP on Ghostly International/Pictures Music from a UK techno lad who calls himself Dauwd. The press release says that this EP moves “away from the UK sound with which Dauwd made his name”, but I’ve not heard any of his previous work so I’m just going to have to take it on face value.
What’s happening on this EP is two tracks per side of warm, housey techno with mechanical, hypnotic beats, tasteful and unobtrusive synthwork and a real human feel to the compositions despite the mechanical precision of the technoid framework. Very occasionally he uses chopped up vocal samples but these are spliced and blurred until they’re just another instrumental texture to offset the metallic sheen of all the synth sounds.
It’s hard to put my finger on what I like so much about this because in many ways there’s little here I’ve not heard before, but he’s got a real deftness of touch, giving a FourTet-esque vibrancy to what seems like it should be a fairly pedestrian handful of chilled out techno bumpers. None of the tracks really stands out as a highlight but I’ve enjoyed every one of them. It’s just a lovely bit of warm, expressive minimal techno-house that’s clearly been made with a lot of care and affection.
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