Scott Kemp – Mullen EP
Label: NovusScore: 8/10
The NoVus label has been making waves within the London underground music scene since 2012 and is earning a great reputation for distinctive and uncompromising releases of organic, bass driven techno from some of the hottest up and coming producers the world over. Their early work has included the NoVus VA EPs, with music from the likes of artists currently making massive strides over in Ibiza, such as Tini & the gang regulars Randall M and Chad Andrew. It’s easy to see why the label is gaining such a following from the capital to the white isle and climbing the Beatport minimal charts at a rapid rate.
Co-founder Scott Kemp returns with a massive sub-bass heavy, percussive 3 track EP that clocks in at almost 30 minutes playtime in total. The fourth EP from the label opens up with ‘Mullen’, an intricate roller that slowly grows in intensity as the track builds. Luring the listener in with subtle vocals this is music built to grab you and not let go, the atmospheric pads adding perfect warmth throughout. This one is sure to lock in some intimate crowds to the dance floor nicely over the tail end of this summer.
Continuing on a deeper vibe is second track ‘Trossapp’. With a moody undertone it flows through a delicate and focussed path, composed of a rumbling bass line undercurrent with floating synths. Again this is a record that is compelling throughout and Scott impresses ahead of his years with this effort. The Romanian influences in his sound coming to the forefront here.
Rounding off the EP is ‘Undertone’, the key is in the name, an eerie and haunting piece featuring dubby echoes and winding percussion that screws into the mind. Reaching mid-way the track takes you deeper into its lair as the unrelenting, yet softly spoken drums combine with industrial, sinister growls. Not one for the feint hearted.
After already featuring in the record bags of Rhadoo, Yaya and tINI, Scott Kemp is likely to have a great end of the year and the future looks very promising for the producer and DJ who continues to champion deeper, dubby and atmospheric sounds on vinyl and digital.
Yet another quality and original release is marked here for the NoVus label and reaffirms their strong footing alongside the hot bed of painstakingly crafted and future minded house and techno labels that are coming out of London at the moment.
If you are in the Capital this weekend then you can find Scott Kemp playing alongside Music On resident Leon at the NoVus SW4 after party that takes place at intimate venue Crucifix Lane, located deep within the arches beneath London Bridge on Saturday 23rd August.
Words: Tom Warner