The approaching release of Lory D’s third volume of the Strange Days series will be far from the biggest release under the Numbers label this year, each previous volume has been vinyl only with no more than 500 copies being pressed. However, the news will no doubt spark palpable excitement for the producer’s modest following, and could justifiably kindle widened interest for the Italian. grn-HF kicks off the EP, but in comparison to the first, and most manic of the series, the production of the track errs on the cautious side of clean. The relatively bare beat of this opener starts off feeling somewhat empty, but the insertion and slow overlay of background synth scales brings dark life to the track. In these mingling sounds of the first half of the EP, two images come to mind and overlap: a smoke-dulled, strobe-cut blur of a crowded room fuses with an eerie scene of sparse future-scape. The former location would provide an ideal mood for the track when in the early hours, and grn-HF provides an amply atmospheric, if slightly conservative first act of the EP.
Kicking off with a combination erratically wavering bleeps and buzzing whines, Lory D brings the second half of his new EP to an energetic peak in Acidspix. A deep underlying bass throb cuts in and persists, rumbling below the slowly altering opening. After the pulsing beat is established and stretched, two simple, but euphorically-pitched tones rise from the mix, and a weighty expectation teases the listener, promising more before D lets the track run into a sudden end. The hazily composed blend of techno and acid house that this track produces is more reminiscent of Lory D’s previous solo releases for the Numbers camp, and walks the line between the genres nicely.
Lory D once again displays his aptitude for tight production on this EP. The thriving sound of both tracks will no doubt provide an energising spark to a select group of DJ-sets when the EP falls in to the right hands.
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