In a weird way ‘If Loving U Is Wrong...’ is exactly the type of thing you’d expect from an artist who’s gearing up for an album release: it ably shows a diversity from his previous material, whilst cementing a very certain production sheen that he’s made his own. ‘Ayyo Tricknology’ is again wantonly different, even from the A-side, asking a few not-so-subtle questions of the direction of that forthcoming long-player.
There’s definitely a time and a place for lusciously produced, polite house music but oddly enough, sometimes the people you expect to do something impressive with the form just seem to conform instead. There’s nothing drastically wrong with ex-C.R.S.T member Ratcatcher’s two original offerings here, it’s just they’re so vividly overshadowed by the drum work and melody of Leon Vynehall and Benjamin Damage’s remixes that it’s hard to really embrace them properly.
Side project from Ideal frontman Sam Townend and melody genius Technikal, who strips things back from his usual energetic hard trance sound for this project featuring a funky electro bassline, chopped-up hard house vocals and lots of clever twists and fills to keep you on your toes throughout - and, of course, a cheeky main hoover drop.
Frode Kambo Nilsen doesn't make them very often, but when he does they tend to be well worth checking. With plenty of quick-flip drops and extended prog sequences, 'Triton' is the cooler of the two. It builds the tone at a demonstrably leisurely pace before finally hitting you with a striking lead line in the third act. Far quicker to the punch is 'Stormtrooper', whose tight tech sub riffs quickly peel away to reveal euphoric intent.