Trevino - Indulge EP on ApplePips

Words by: Kristan Caryl
Posted: 19/9/12 7:44

In case you somehow didn’t know, Trevino is Marcus Intalex’s house and techno alter ego. Throughout the course of this year, the Manchester man best known for his pioneering work in the field of drum & bass has been releasing a steady slew of 4/4 stuff on labels like Craig Richard’s newly minted Nothing Special, his own Soul: r imprint plus Naked Lunch and Martyn’s 3024. This time he steps out on Appleblim’s ApplePips imprint, but sonically little else has changed: the aesthetic here is still one which marries decade’s of Detroit techno and electro with house and heavy bass from any number of other micro-scenes.

The A-side and title track is a thoroughly sci-fi affair, tethered to this earth only by a fizzing, molten bass line. The drums below are alive with plenty of snap and kick, skipping along whilst the sound of various spacecrafts circle in the distance. Instead of ever really soaring off into the distance, though, Trevino constantly reigns things in, building an occult electro tension until he lets his machines run wild: blipping acid sprays around the latter half of the track as reverential melodies reign down from above. A balancing of palpable physicality with genuinely bittersweet emotions is what the man does best with this new alias, and ‘Indulge’ might just be the finest example of that yet.

Under Surveillance’ is much more a mood track, one to bury in the middle of your set to scare and unnerve your audience before taking them off somewhere altogether different. More circling spacecraft leave you feeling hemmed in; trapped between a grubby and heavily filtered bassline and the ominously slow, dread filled kicks that lurch below. It’s a sparse and dystopian landscape to be sure, but one brimming with enough neon hues and little rays of light to make it as pleasurable as it is pensive.

Artist: Trevino
Title: Indulge EP
Label: Applepips

TracklistIndulgeUnder Surveillance

Our Rating: 8.5/10


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