Emerson Todd - Rising Tides EP on This and That Lab

Words by: Tom Jones
Posted: 11/12/13 7:58

Emerson Todd seems a perfect match for Davide Squillace’s This and That Lab. His ability to drift between styles, atmospheres and tempos is a trait very much shared by the Barcelona based label that embraces diversity with relish wherever possible. The first hook-up between artist and label, the “Rising Tides” EP spawns a six-track release that is as varied and unpredictable as you might dare to expect from such a pairing.

The title track is a melodic house workout that twists and turns with individuality. Todd keeps the groove laidback and straightforward as filtered synths and intricate melodies collide to create a sonically rich and interesting soundscape.

Mind Games” finds the Berlin based producer in more of a driving mood. Here, he strips things back and keeps the momentum all in the bottom end with deep, sub-bass, purposeful 4/4s and thick slabs of dubby atmospherics.

Spanish producer Tuccillo replaces sheer power with energetic rhythms and warm synths with his remix of “Mind Games.” Creating a colourful sound palette with clicking, high end percussion, he creates a frenetic element of the track, which interplays so nicely with the classic house sheen that he employs with beautifully layered synth parts.

Teaming up with vocalist Kuss on “TangerineTodd delivers a soulful deep house track packed with warmth, depth and feeling. The rolling, melodic bassline paves the way for Kuss’ sublime vocals.

Here For You” which features vocals from zIMMer this time, continues along a similar deep house path but indulges in a more tripped-out, spaced aesthetic. The vocals are distant but effective as the heady atmosphere winds up and spirals out around them. “Blood Sugar” ends the package on a more upfront note with some deftly wound techno. The groove is reined in tight as dainty piano keys waft over the top to create a dreamy yet hypnotic dancefloor cut.

Artist: Emerson Todd
Title: Rising Tides EP
Label: This and That Lab

TracklistRising TidesMind GamesMind Games (Tuccillo rmx)Tangerine (Feat. Kuss) Here For You (Feat. ziMMer)Blood Sugar

Our Rating: 8/10
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