Artist: Ben Archbold
Title: Little Gremlin Sampler
Label : Little Gremlin Music
Cat No : LGM004
Release : October 2013
Genre : Progressive House
Relative newcomer to the scene Ben Archbold serves up a new EP of thoughtful Progressive and energetic House, on his own Little Gremlin imprint. He’s clearly been refining his skills as a producer for quite some time, as the tracks contained in the EP all sound highly polished. Kicking off proceedings with ‘Como’, there’s melody in abundance and twinkly synth lines dance around on top of a warm bassline that’s reminiscent of the works of Damabiah and Henry Saiz. The dreamy sound is continued on ‘Hiding’, and Ben’s well placed percussion sits comfortably beside the expertly crafted orchestral strings, giving the track a wonderfully natural sound. Progressive House DJs (and maybe even certain Trance DJs) will certainly lap this up.
Mixing things up a tad, he introduces 2 renditions of his ‘Play House’ record. The first is a no nonsense Tech-House affair that defines itself with a growling bassline, interjected with a breaksy-style breakdown. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Nick Warren drop this in some of his sets, and according to Archbold, he’s already been supporting some of Ben’s output. Lightening up the mood is his Piano version, which (predictably) replaces the techy bassline with a summery piano riff, and acidic hints throughout. Both versions are top drawer, and you’ll be hard pushed to pick a favourite.
Finally, Ben closes the EP with ‘Somo’, a track that has an inherently leftfield feel to it. If you’ve been keeping up with the works of artists like Nathan Fake, Luke Abbott, and Margot (to name but a few), you might find something here that will appeal. It must be said that the likes of Fake and Abbott are far more adept at what they do, and subsequently their work is of a much higher quality, but this is still a decent track. Besides, after listening to the EP, it’s clear that Archbold is only just beginning with his assault on the world of Dance, and there is certainly a great deal more exciting material to come from the Little Gremlin camp. I for one look forward to seeing what this man has to offer.