Up on Asia Music's latest release is the label's very own, and Manila Underground's ALINEP that features his original tracks, Bowline and Sheepshank and a remix by Tenampa Recordings' Gabriel I and Jamin Hernandez.
Whether it's one beachbum's anthem or a clubber's cleanse, Bowline soothes with its lustrous basslines and tingling chimes. Its steady albeit hypnotic melody lingers in the deep territory, blending in the occasional jetty crash and a disembodied vocal whisper signature to the TIME in Manila resident's Deepsomnia credo. While it unapologetically prolongs its yielding and atmospheric beat, it suddenly breaks into a quickened streak of rupturing bass and kicks that are just as equally spellbinding. In a master class of precision and timing, you're taken back to the stellar, throbbing and warm pumps. Immersed in soul and bathed in the endless pleasure of straight-up deep house, Bowline sets you up and sends you off flawlessly.
Gabriel I and Jamin Hernandez often join forces and bring warm and addictively smooth melodies to the table. This time around, they dipped their toes into Alinep's track, dressing it up with suspenseful delays and increasingly distinctive synths — all while sustaining the continually pulsating bass evocative of the original. It's neither heavy nor hollow but satisfyingly diverse, swimming between entranced and groovy, at times spacious and mesmeric. Akin to the Tenampa Recordings honcho and talent, Gabriel I and Jamin Hernandez stitches together the perfect sunset house beat that finishes off with a smooth glide.
Alinep wraps up his latest release with another floor filler that's decked out with crisper, punchier kicks and bouncier bass lines. Sheepshank gets into gear with a subby and phat melody, setting the stage for an irresistible riff then breaks down midway to give you enough space to breathe — soon bringing you back up with bold, techy grooves blended with sharp clicks of percussion destined for sweat-breaking moments. Seamed with layers of risers, downshifters and a generous amount of springy beats, the song sheers in style. Descending from an otherwise steady and deep yet equally rhythmic beginning, Sheepshank makes for a blissful conclusion to a promising EP.