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Readying his debut full length for Rush Hour’s “No Label” imprint, Tom Hirst’s Design A Wave project has found time to put together this little offshoot EP. With Snake Face hitting more on the electro/synth-pop side of things International Journey of Applied Music has a grittier straight up electro beats/applied science feel to it.


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International Journey of Applied Music by Design A Wave
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 31 October 2016

Oh yes! I’m excited by this tasty three-track 12” from the excellent Subsubtropics imprint, which pulls together brand new electro jams from Tom Hirst and his Design A Wave project.

Opening the EP, ‘Sub 10‘ charts a deeply lush and melodic path through aquatic Drexciyan realms with the questing sonics of a Theo Parrish track. I suddenly really, really wish I could swim better. ‘Sub 05’ continues the bleeps and squelches across a seductive bass groove peppered with sci-fi sonics that I could happily dance to at the start of a choice set of deep house and techno on a discerning dancefloor in our great city.

Flipping the record over, ‘Sub 11’ comes up into the shallows, still immersing the listener in the invitingly warm waters of the tropics. Muted analog sounds bubble under a slow-simmering, subtly percussive and percolating house groove. Very, very nice indeed.


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