Support from Skream, Shadow Child, Sinden, Spatial, Ben Pearce, James Zabiela, Groove Armada, Sasha, Marcel Dettman & many more...
Steve Burnett and Olly Stork, between the two of them, have amassed quite the expansive track record, toying with every conceivable form of house, techno, garage, bass music, and mélanges thereof. With last quarter’s lush 12” wax exclusive “Bespoked”, on P&S Records, the two have joined forces and debuted as powerhouse duo 2ndSun.
And in their case, the term “powerhouse” acquires a second meaning. For Tessier-Ashpool’s first catalogue entry, and first statement of its ‘machine music doctrine’, the Liverpool/Cheshire boys deliver a jackin’ house exemplar – effortlessly and elegantly futuristic, seemingly forged from disused power tools in industrial environs, yet wholly dissimilar to some of their UK peers’ facile, by-the-numbers distorted warehouse trappings. This is two masters of their craft, at the top of their game, prescribing the distant future of 4/4 UK club.
Titular track “Shimmer” is the EP’s definitive anthem. Atop an undulating reese bassline to make Saunderson proud, playful chords and an almost trancey gated pattern operate along instantly memorable dubbed-out vocal cuts. “Neglect”, “Pussycat” and “Small Talk” are crisp, crunchy, militant numbers, driven by varispeed vox atop sound design masterclass in motion - heaving, thrashing, pulsing, falling apart and being rebuilt again in real time. Closer “Metro” is the most somber of the five, with nocturnal, melancholy dub chords setting the stage for an unbridled percussive assault.
Hard to put in words even by the most articulate of music didacts - yours truly included -, “Shimmer” is easier done that said. Do it in copious amounts. Results will not vary.