Sat amongst the rest of the early 2014 crop, the first thing you'll notice about Szabo, Vilborg & Norberg's co-op is just how exactingly produced it is. With fantastic division between its sonic layers, immaculate sequencing of its parts and a sensational mix-down, it booms like few others. With Norberg's vocal hitting emotive, authentic notes throughout, this will work most floors at most times of the night.
The title track on the Top Drawer Digital label bossman Lucas's new EP is dark dynamic neorofunk, kinda like a Photek album track battling it out in a cave with cartoon demons. 'Sweeney Todd' features a sinister spoken word vocal sample, which could actually be a demon barber whispering in your ear as you sit in an electric chair that vibrates to a vintage Depth Charge piece. Finally, 'Scared' is gnarly breakbeat that could function equally at a late-night free party or in some of the more grimey clubs.
Spatial Awareness follows his own recent debut single with another classy remix outing, this time bringing a bubbling acid feel to his stripped back legacy beats.
Sure, there are points on his ‘Candle Coast EP’ where Ben Jacobs sounds like a lot of other producers making happy, overtly musical 4/4, but then there’s also ‘Dancrodile’ - a guitar-flecked marimba-driven funkster of a production that’s a proven grey-London-morning-pick-me-up. It’s the glaring hit in the middle of a solid three-tracker that just builds and builds melodically to the point where you can actually taste the serotonin seeping into your central nervous system.