It’s been just over a year now since Halogenix left Ivy Lab, and I can say with confidence that I believe the world is a better place for it. Last year he gave us the incredible ‘Deep News’ EP, and now he’s back on Critical with another out-of-this-world EP. The ‘Gaslight’ EP features four no-nonsense Drum and Bass tracks, without a single hint of the old Ivy Lab halftime business.
Kicking the EP off is ‘Out of Line’ featuring SOLAH on vocals. The bouncy bassline and smooth vocals paired with a catchy keyboard riff make this a perfect tune for nearly any summer set. The song is fun without becoming overly poppy, and deep without becoming too dark. Both this song and the flip side ‘Would You’ are masterfully crafted future liquid tunes. You should expect to hear both of these tunes being played out often during your summer escapades.
On the other hand, ‘Gaslight’ and ‘Line B’ are much more indicative of the deep and dark sound Halogenix and Critical Music are known for. Both tunes are frantic and techy, and are full of atmospheric synths straight out of a Science Fiction movie. I can already tell I’ll be rinsing these two tracks in many a late-night set for the foreseeable future.
It’s truly amazing to see such diversity from a producer on a four track EP such as this. I was always a huge fan of Ivy Lab’s early 174 BPM work (‘Gomesia’ anyone?) and I can definitely hear traces of those ‘Twenty Questions’ vibes in these fantastic cuts from Halogenix. Any self-respecting Drum and Bass fan owes it to themselves to pick up this fantastic release on Critical.