Steve Bugs’ new label Sublease Music has been delivering some absolute gems of late from the likes of Denney, James Dexter and James Kelley. The label, focussed more on the raw stripped back side of house than its legendary counterpart Pokerflat, has been unearthing some serious talent and here it’s the turn of Manchester’s Gareth Cole to take the reins and deliver a fine EP of precisely produced deep techy house.
First to the party is ‘Signal’ a chunky low-slung roller that bobs along energetically punctuated by warm keys before it erupts into a wash of sustain chords halfway through. After the drop, it digs straight back down into the groove and forges onwards. Effortlessly effective dance music, designed to be cranked up loud and to lock in the dancefloor. Next up, are the driving hypnotic sounds of ‘Courage’, my pick of the bunch, this infectious house groover is centred around a repeated synth stab and whirling atmospherics. The track pushes along insistently with its heads-down rhythms before revealing a reverb-drenched vocal to send the dancefloor into orbit. The final track ‘On The Edge’ sees Cole exploring his techno roots with a building tougher groove dosed in funk. There are nods here to the likes of Nicky Curly with its chunky low end and rolling pared back groove and that is no bad thing at all.
The track rounds off a rather tasty EP all in all and the EP was apparently inspired after Cole witnessed all-night sets from both Bug and Guy J. Certainly the flowing grooves confidently straddle the ground between late-night techy house and progressive sounds. They are likely to pick up support from a range of DJs. Already a well-established DJ in the North West, Cole is growing a reputation for his sharp production skills and eye for the dancefloor. After the success of his recent EP on Suprematic, this new EP picks up pretty much where that one left off with three killer cuts of hypnotic house designed to ignite floors. If you are looking for solid selections that are guaranteed to get the crowd moving then look no further.