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Julio Bashmore and Eats Everything may have helped crown Bristol the UK’s house capital in 2011, but five years ago another young DJ/production talent emerged from the same town. On his debut, Jim Rivers adopts a tougher sound, more grounded in techno than his fellow citizens, with a combination of technical ability and inspired song-craft that lifts Rivers above the pack. The whooshing, reversed synths on the frantic ‘Tangent’, sound like they’ve been yanked backwards through the track itself; the jackin’ ‘Your Love Uhh’ rides in on an itchy house rhythm that sucks and blows like a foundry bellows. A fizzing ball of techno energy.
File under Tech-house throwdown
Download ‘Tangent’, ‘Your Love Uhh’, ‘We Can Do This All Night’
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