UK house upstart Ashworth has been on fire this year, spreading himself and his wares over the likes of Anjunadeep, Posterboy and Needwant. Now, he finishes off his successful year with Collapsed, his début EP on Pets Recordings and one of his best since his full length album Grain earlier this year. He brings his atmospheric, detailed approach to house music on the Polish duo's label, utilizing his ear for composition – gained from his days as a soundtrack producer – to full effect in this textural yet thumping set of grooves.
The EP is anything but a fragile, collapsed mess – the opening, popping drum bars of Money, a darkly laced tech house number, with eerie atmospherics and noises, with a measured organ sample melded into a bassline for a satisfying opening number.
Speedo comes in with major tonal chords and an uplifting, summer breeze, ducking and diving melodies and tightly knitted, pressurised timbres, before pulsing, driving sub bass melodies add depth and serious groove to the track.
Thirst – with it's Detroit inspired automation and warming, jazz inflicted pads and hypnotic, fluctuating and repetitive melody. It's like a minimal nation tune with more skip, more punch and extra beats stuff in between those airy gaps.
Finally, the EP closes with the 'Atmos Version' of Collapse, a lurking, swampy and bubbling intro with water droplets splashing in the background, before guffing bass and poly rhythmic synth lines create a stomping, chugging hook – possibly the most infectious, uplifting cut from this sparkling new EP.