Kove – Searching
Label: MTAScore: 7/10
James Rockhill has made quite an impression with his take on D&B in the last 12 months. After catching the eye of many (including Andy C) with Iodine he followed it up with a number of remixes for the likes of John Newman and Big Black Delta. His second Program release Gone showed he could do the liquid rollout style well, a stark difference to grinding bass of Iodine.
Now with a new permanent label home over at Chase & Status’s MTA Records, Kove delivers his opening salvo Searching. From hearing it you can see why his label bosses would’ve been so keen to snap it up. Searching is very reminiscent of the duo’s Take Me Away, soaring vocals which will undoubtedly get hands in the air this summer, melodious bass line and sub as warm as a Ibiza summer sunset. There’s certainly no mistaking his talent for production, combining its subtle grooves and its nod to liquid with a dance floor sensibility which makes it ideal for that main time slot inside the dance. Searching provides Kove with his own anthem, without it making too much noise and letting its musicality speak volumes instead.
Will be interesting to see where Kove goes musically now he’s aligned himself with the melting pot of an imprint that is MTA. With an EP pending after the summer it’ll be worth keeping an eye on Kove for sure. At present, he’s got his biggest tune to date with Searching.