Having nurtured the precious and insular little flower that is Youandewan over the course of a number of remixes and headline slots at their own label parties around the world, Hypercolour now allow Leeds based Ewan Smith to flourish into his first full release in more than a year. Appropriately arriving on the cultured HypeLTD, the four tracks find him moping in dreamy melodies, lazy underwater beats and soothing circular rhythms. Opener '''Disarray''' features the producer'''s trademark knocking beats under liquid synths that plunge down into melancholy before rising up through the horizon like a mid-winter sun. A female coo adds more heavy heartedness in the subtlest of ways and Smith manages to coax some sweet sadness from his TR303 before '''Awn''' stands a bit more proud. The pads are lush, the 707 percussion feather light and the beats splutter and stutter as another deft sample adds an element of heavenly vocal purity. On the flip, '''Undrstnd''' has a bed of buried deep kicks '' la Fred P, the light dusting of percussion comes from off in the distance and eventually an untethered, oversized square bassline sprays about and starts a chain reaction where pools of synths implode and explode in vast underwater caves. '''0500''' is another of Smith'''s more direct cuts, frictionless kick-clap combos echo off to infinity below you as panning, spiralling synths and lush splashes of hi hats work to suspend you right in the midst of it all. On the cusp of breaking through since forever, this EP will likely be the assured sonic statement that sees Youandewan properly enter the discerning public'''s conscious at large.
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