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Emerson Todd – Rising Tides

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Label: This and That LabRelease: Out Now

Excitement levels were cranked when we first heard about Emerson Todd teaming up with This and That Lab. You know you are going to get something out of the ordinary with both, so it was with little surprise that we were hooked after our first listen that we embarked on immediately upon the promo landing on our welcome mat.

Right from the deliciously woven melodies and wonky atmospherics of “Rising Tides” you are sucked into an intimate and ever-changing world. Todd’s music here sounds at once both warm and inviting yet with an almost uneasy tension throughout. It is that contrast that really marks this track out as a unique dancefloor workout. “Mind Games” on the other hand, has less conflict, instead heading straight for the jugular with a pulsating, bass-driven track. High in energy and with a slight tribal feeling, this track will bring a primeval, atavistic response from even the most timid of club revelers. It simply gets under your skin and infiltrates your blood stream. Ibiza based and 2020 Vision associated producer Tuccillo brings a Balearic feel with his remix of “Mind Games.”  Taking obvious influence from an old school house sound, the dynamic producer dives into a lively, dub-laced version.

The second half of the EP takes on a more polished feel, starting off with the dexterous “Tangerine.” Full of swagger, the track builds from deep, walls of bass into a groovy, almost playful affair. “Here For You” feels like a disco track given a head-spinning techno front, unfolding into a sprawling dancefloor workout that shimmers with style and bustles with a true underground spirit. A superb vocal performance from ziMMer really puts the icing on the cake for what is quite possibly, the best track on the release. This and That’s impressive 6th release comes to an end with a consummate banger that would be a fitting one last tune for any club in the world, “Blood Sugar.” As the bass winds down and we are left with gentle piano keys we can finally look back at a package that has explored the spectrum of house and techno with such aplomb. Emerson Todd and This and That Lab …… we salute you!

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