Title: Somewhere in His Heart
Label: Danse Club Records
Cat No: DCR050S
Released: 7th December 2017 – Pre-order on Beatport
Genre: Tech House / Techno
It feels like Austen/Scott have been a little quiet this year. This is their first release on their own Danse Club imprint since their ‘Space Taxi’ EP, of September last year. And apart from ‘The Consciousness’ EP, a lovely 3-track digital only release on Joris Voorn’s, Rejected imprint, they’ve been relatively quiet.
Austen/Scott ‘s latest offering, the ‘Somewhere in His Heart’ EP, offers us 3 remixes of the said title track, ‘Somewhere In His Heart’. The original mix, a dub mix and, a curiously titled, ‘Muscle Mix’. The ‘Sub Dub’ mix feels the best for me. Starting off fairly subtly, it rolls along unassumingly while faint shadows and hints of the ensemble swirl around in the periphery, slowly coming into focus and falling and fading in and out of line, revealing a delightful little deep dub-techy workout.
The ‘Muscle Mix’ starts off with a sense of urgency as a simple hi-hat and a subtle bass line interact perfectly as a solid and proud synth begins to dart up and down, and takes its central position (reminding me a little of Koza’s ‘Mosquito’) before the vocal sample begins to rise to the foreground and with it some delightfully ghostly piano and synth work.
The original mix is instantly quite intriguing and feels somewhat like you’ve just been dropped down the quiet end of a busy street. Broken, raw pieces of percussion shuffling around you while the pads is already breathing heavily from the get-go, with the vocal loop beginning to yearn, calling out the title in an unintelligible fashion. Until a small break, drop and it all falls succinctly into place with the vocal hook and the pads interacting with nice emotional effect.
Each mix has its own charm, class and are all exceptionally deejay friendly. Nearly all at 7 minutes with solid intros and outros, While the original and the muscle mix aren’t really that far apart sonically, the dub mix does seem to bring a little more class and originality to the table, really showing off a skill for sublime sonic structures. All in all a solid return for Austen/Scott!