Earlier this year Dan Curtin made his debut on mobilee with Beat Fiend, a release thatas the title might suggestplaced a primacy on funky grooves with melody taking the backseat to swirling and rolling percussion. As is typical of man who refuses to be locked into one style or sound, Curtin's newest release sees him heading in a new, exciting direction, demonstrating his unique ability to anthologize over fifteen years of electronic music in the bounds of a single track.
A-side Other opens with a pulsating wall of sound before descending into a passage of vocal-laced house and sealing the deal with a starkly contrasting backdrop of bells. This amalgamation of seemingly disparate styles melodic techno, old-school house, and traditional minimalismis a risky move that would easily flop in the hands of the less-experienced producer. Lucky for us, Curtin's touch and finesseperfected by over a decade and a half of producingmeans that the track's myriad components fuse together seamlessly.
B-side Sandwalkprovides a nice contrast, with a more house-oriented sound and a stuttered melody laced with popping bubbles of sound that undulate constantly, ebbing and flowing in multiple directions simultaneously with a fragmented vocal sample serving as a guidepost. Meanwhile, the Push Mix of Other gives the vocals a dub treatment while focusing on the housier components of the A-side.