Artist: Ant Brooks
Cat No: ID071
UK based Ant Brooks has already achieved huge success in the Beatport techno charts, most recently hitting the top ten with ‘Airglow,’ his collaboration with Matt Sassari. Ant is an innovator in creation, whilst maintaining his own style on his productions. He gets support from some of the biggest names in techno such as Carl Cox, Dubfire and Adam Beyer with releases on labels such as Tronic, 1605, Toolroom, Deeperfect, Agile, Bitten and his own label Groovant Music. Plus his relentless dedication to DJing has seen him play at some of the best clubs and festivals across Asia, Europe, North and South America.
The first track ‘Tilt’ sets the mood for the EP with a very warehouse kick drum, very much at the forefront, driving the track along. The use of a distorted vocal to give an element of funk and this coupled with an ever present percussive bell like element, keeps the groove moving. Once the old school synth riff is introduced means the track is now in full flow before going into the main breakdown. The low end now high passed and percussion removed the track is focused towards the riff along with a vocal like pad. As the pad builds, the reverb on the riff builds with it, before releasing back into the main loop. It continues in that fashion before one more break in which the riff rises then is removed leaving drums and percussion to see it out.
The second track on the EP titled ‘Effect’ starts with filtered kick drum and rising string like pad to add as filler. Once filter is removed and the weighted kick drum breathes you know this will be like ‘Tilt’ as the foundation behind the track. Again the use of a female vocal stab adds to the synopacted groove and when the ride is added the track really comes to life thus leading into the main breakdown nicely. The kick is again heavily filtered as was in the intro before the introduction of a spacey synth with a heavy delay on the tail. The kick volume is then reduced to leave the synth only before launching back into full marching techno mode. The subtle addition of an almost acid like element maintains the tracks progression, before its final breaks and again and the re-introduction of the same spaced out synth riff. This again leaves once the build ends and thus leads into the outro with the kick, vocal stab and string like pad keeping the core of the loop and track driving.
In summary a solid two track EP from the Midlands producer and Groovant boss. Both would fit in nicely in any DJs bag for a peak time slot.