Artist : Ben Archbold

Track Name : What You Doing / Play

Remixer : Nick Hook

Label : Little Gremlin Music

Cat No : LGM006

Release : 24.02.2014

Genre : Progressive

Review by Andy Howarth

Ben’s back with a new 4 tracker on his Little Gremlin imprint. I’ve reviewed his material before, and whilst it’s clear he still has work to do if he’s to break through to the upper echelons of recognition, he’s definitely on the right track. Putting his productions out on his own label do give him the freedom to release at will, but the removal of the ‘quality control’ aspect that’s provided by submitting it to the scrutiny of a third party could prove to be a hindrance in future. Is that the case at the moment? Possibly too early to tell, but as productions go, I will definitely say that i’ve heard worse.

Back to the matter at hand, his new EP entitled ‘What You Doing’ showcases two versions of a new original production, as well as a couple of renditions of his track PlayHouse, as reviewed earlier last year on his Sampler EP. The title track marries a dissected reverbed vocal with a fluffy summertime key arrangement. It’s nicely patched together, and the introduction of backing chords do lend it a dab of dramatics as it steadily builds towards it’s crescendo, even if i’m not entirely sold on the church-like organ arrangement that’s thrown into the mix during the second half. It’s a decent tune on the whole, albeit not a particularly memorable one. The dub mix dispenses with the key arrangement, and in my opinion, it’s all the better for it. Head for the dub version out of the two.

B-side track PlayHouse is more of the same. Pleasantly inoffensive Progressive that’s easy on the ears, although somewhat forgettable. However, Nick Hook has been drafted in on remix detail and he’s come up with a solid sun-drenched House affair that will appease terraces across the land (even though it’s perhaps a bit early to be discussing outdoor parties). A chunky percussion and kick combination groove away alongside a techy bassline, and the filters roll back on the piano chords as the bulk of the track begins to work its magic. The whole ensemble works very nicely, and whilst it is slightly reminiscent of some of the earlier output of Subliminal, I rather like it. If you’re more ‘Defected In The House’ than ‘Drumcode Warehouse Party’, get this added to your crate… you’ll love it.

About the Author

Born of the Oxfordshire countryside, Andy has always preferred the quaint aspects of life around a historic city to the hustle and bustle of places like London or Birmingham. That said, the desire to satisfy his thirst for live music has led to him fleeing the tranquility of rural life on a regular basis, in favour of regions where the nightlife doesn't have to come to an abrupt end at 3am.