River is a 5-track electronica EP full of contrasts, as sounds from downtempo light instrumental techno chug alongside bleepier, more melodic elements.
Opener “Metalic Elements has a groove which is born out of crisp steady house rhythms but with ahead-of-the-beat layers adding a sense of urgency that plays against the mellow, near-chill-out synth lines wandering about above them. “Night Bus” offers a more easy-to-follow glitch-laden pattern arrangement before “July (Part 2)” (I don’t know where Part 1 went) delves further into Rhodes-keys-like meditation noises, only really given any edge by the slight crispness in the glittering decorative synth noises.
The energy levels pick up again with strong and more conventional techo track River where the pads have a slightly more sun-kissed flavour, but “Stairway To The Stars” takes us back to the chillout room again to finish.
What might have projected tracks like “Night Bus” into stellar territory is strong melodies- instead, for me the weak point throughout the EP is that the synth pads sound like half-hearted live improvisations searching for good elements, rather than the filtered outcome of those experiments.
Sonically it’s quite a familiar set of sounds that’s been arranged here, not really pushing the envelope particularly hard, but nevertheless it’s an accomplished mixed bag of techno and electronica instrumentals on the intelligent side of dance music.