Martin Dawson & Glimpse - Runaway on 2020 Vision

Words by: Sean-Michael Yoder
Posted: 15/12/10 11:42

Martin Dawson AKA King Roc has been on a roll as of late with top shelf cuts on Kling Klong and Cocoon. Here he teams up with Glimpse again on the heels of their recent hit "Flying Scotsman" for a wicked two-tracker on Ralph Lawson's 2020 Vision imprint.

Recalling the days of the old two-song vinyl 12" single, this release comes loaded with a big room cut on the face and a jazzy b-side bonus cut on the flip.

The layering of sounds and the subtle melodies that float in and out of "Run Away" are subtle and require a serious listening. This track, however, is huge and almost crosses the line into dreary progressive house, devoid of character.

The good news is that Dawson & Glimpse exercise some restraint here and the track ends up sounding like the dark West Coast house coming out of California at the beginning of last decade. It's not earth-shattering but does highlight Dawson's mastery of groove with an inviting bass line, a decent filtered breakdown, and dramatic percussion accents.

"Blue Train" is a smoky, jazz-influenced deep house cut that ups the ante on the groove of the A-side without going for the peak hour jugular to make its point. While probably not a direct musical reference to John Coltrane's seminal work Blue Train, the snapping rim shot accents do recall that session's famed drummer Philly Joe Jones and bury the foundation firmly in hard bop jazz. Many of these kinds of tracks slip into pedantic loop house mode rather quickly but the hot organ sound that comprises the actual hook of this cut is tasty and after it's run through a filter pass it becomes an irresistible treat.

Artist: Martin Dawson & Glimpse
Title: Runaway
Label: 20:20 Vision

Runaway (Original Mix)
Blue Train (Original Mix)

Our Rating: 7,5/10
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