Review: Sepalcure – Love Pressure EP (HF025)

I first heard music coming from Sepalcure back in February on Praveen’s excellent Lovestep Vol 2 mix and have been anxiously awaiting this EP ever since.  A huge addition to the Hotflush catalog, the Love Pressure EP has four tracks spanning BPMs with a common style of melodic lovestep/future garage/post-dubstep or other genre bending terms.  Prime “bass music”.  Sepalcure are Praveen of Percussion Lab and Machine Drum both out of NYC who just by all accounts played an amazing set at Dub War just last month.  Look out for this duo in the second half of 2010.

The title track “Love Pressure” is driven by a subtle 4×4 beat and well edited vocals that join up with some of the best pads I’ve heard in a while to form what is in my opinion a masterpiece of bass music.  Seriously danceable music that forces a smile onto my face every time I hear it.  In a similar vein the second track “Down” uses more syncopated kicks alongside a great woodblock to take you deep in the underground.  Sounding something like the love child of James Blake and Joy Orbison, this one is masterful also.  Just these first two alone put this EP among the best releases yet in 2010, but there’s two more to go.

The last two tracks on the b-side slow us down to the 125bpm area led up by “Every Day of My Life”.  This isn’t your normal 125bpm EDM though with a shuffly beat carrying pitched down vocals that remind me of both Pangaea’s “Router” and the singing of Michael McDonald simultaneously. Last up is the extremely emotive “The Warning” complete with harps, piano and beautiful atmosphere again over a shuffly, sparse beat.  This one makes me think of sitting by a cove on the pacific coast just watching the waves roll in with birds, wildflowers, and some little fluffy clouds blowing by overhead.

Check out audio of these below & click here to pick the EP up at beatport.

Sepalcure – Love Pressure EP [HF025] by Hotflush

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