Title: Ixtapa EP
Label: Last Night On Earth
Cat No: LNOE081
Released: Buy now on Beatport
Genre: House / Deep House / Progressive
Acumen is a producer that has been on the rise for some time now releasing solid productions on labels including Selador, Dessous, City Life, and Time Has Changed which he manages alongside Timid Boy. His debut EP on Sasha’s label sees Acumen put out two original productions and a remix by the man of the moment, Third Son.
First up on the EP is the ultra groovy and deep title track, ‘Ixtapa’. The track has a superb deep bass and one of those grooves that is perfect for tempting those toe-tapping folks onto the dancefloor. The track has a deep metallic sounding percussion, and that drone from the melody is dark and moody! just what I love from a very well produced house track. Nice work Acumen!
Next up is the track ‘Reaching Our Limit’ which is more of a deep house track. The track swells beautifully with a deep groaning bassline, and the keys are of luscious deepness. Again perfect for those early to mid sets… this track would certainly set the tone very well. Some great use of effected vocal samples and the effects used to build and swell the track are added with sniper-like precision.
The final track on the EP, and probably my favourite is the sublime remix of ‘Reaching Our Limit’ by Third Son. Now, this is a producer who is a very fine form. Every track he releases seems to be of epic proportions, and this is certainly no exception to that rule. He takes the track on a far more techno / progressive journey filled with stuttered hi-hats, deep melodies, and deep ethereal moments. This is certainly a track I can see the label owner absolutely hammering, along with his partner in crime, John Digweed. Truly sublime!!!