The driven, thumping beats of Zennor's 'Never In Doubt' are tempered with the kind of measure and reflection you'd expect from an artist honing their craft on the Trilogy Tapes label: in the background there are ambient washes that juxtapose the dancefloor miasma and turn it into something gorgeous. It's like listening to EDM fall down a waterfall.
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7/10 RMCC Customer review, 11th August 2015
Zennor, the pairing of Peverelist and Andy Mac, offer up a fresh take on Trilogy Tapes, moving away from the label’s usual noisy techno to something halfway between the Bristol bass-scene and soul-satisfying deep house.
Unusually for the Trilogy Tapes, this release very much has a centre piece, which is the quite excellent deep-house of the eponymous ‘Never In Doubt.’ It’s a fitting title for the track, which builds slowly and methodically giving an impression of total self-assurance. The track begins with a steady 4-on-the-floor bass kick and quickly establishes some gentle flickering percussion over the top. Next, gentle synth pads fade in to create an intriguing sense of calm. Then comes the bass pattern, which is the main hook of the track. It plays underneath, taking centre-stage with little variation throughout. From here, variations in drum-work and synth pads provide the interest of the piece; then, as quietly as it arrived, the bass fades out of sight and we’re left once more with a simple drum pattern and tranquil synths. It’s deep house alright, but it’s got a sense of contentedness and calm you’ll rarely hear. ‘Never In Doubt’ indeed.
On the flip-side, the record hits a little harder, and plays to the two producers’ strengths arising from their backgrounds in harder bass led music. ‘Storms’ builds upon an 8-bit synth line and steady bass drum to build an interesting, albeit slightly disappointing middle to the record. We get interesting moments of variation throughout, but it’s not quite enough to live up to the strength of the title track.
Finally, we get proper Pev stuff in ‘Tin.’ It’s one of those classic bass tracks which keeps you guessing throughout as to exactly where the pulse of the beat is supposed to hit. Synths begin again, suggesting an easy 4/4, but then the bass-drum smacks, and you’re left with an off-kilter wobble reminiscent of some of the best work coming out of the Livity Sound label. It gets the record right back on track, and easily pushes ‘Never In Doubt’ so the prize of best track on here.
Overall – great, but maybe a little sparse. The influence of Bristol’s bass scene is obvious, and lends the best moments to the EP. However, one might wish to have heard just a little bit more! If Pev is your thing, I’d recommend it.
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