Acumen – Between the Lines EP
Label: Time Has ChangedScore: 8/10
With a new live set in the works and even more releases set for 2014, it seems the producer known as Acumen has never been busier. For his latest release, he marks his return to his own Time Has Changed imprint courtesy of the seriously exceptional Between The Lines EP, a heavyweight wedge of house music that’s sure to be greeted with rapturous applause at this time of year.
On the title track, the muffled vocals aren’t simply a catchy addition to proceedings, but they’re also the catalyst for a bassline that’s laden with groove. Mounds of white noise and swirls of swinging bells surround themselves around it, and with its undoubted ambiance and its release of energy, there’s no doubting the track’s intensity as well as its suitability to a live set up.
Acumen then calls on two remixers, both of whom are brilliantly chosen. The first of these is German producer Matthias Meyer – a man, incidentally, who knows a thing or two about crafting such high calibre fare. His take on ”Between the Lines” leans on the bass guitar riff for effect, as it ripples out amongst a tide of broken guitar stings and various other off-kilter facets. Whomi’s interpretation is more out-there and less subtle, although its dancefloor nuances are sure to be greeted with rich aplomb.
‘That First Feeling’ showcases the producer’s more haunting side, before the charmingly named ‘Charlotte on the Rooftop’ closes amongst a cascade of 80’s styled synths. When it comes to tech-house, there are few who can match Acumen when he’s on this sort of form.