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Jay Rossi, aka East London DJ stalwart Jac The Disco, returns to the world of production with the Inversions EP. Fresh from the success of his last project (the Highest Heights EP, which was released on US label Wonder Stories back in January and hit Number 1 on Juno's Disco Chart the following month), Rossi's back on the grind. But this time his output is a bit moodier, a bit more internal in its focus. Prepare to look inwards to your soul with this subtle, carefully executed EP.

The Inversions EP comes with two original tracks and two remixes. The title track 'Inversions' finds Rossi in a trippy mood, as he puts together a 7-minute stripped-back number of rolling drums and alternate tempos. This one leads you down a sinister synth alley only to open a side-door into world of spooky chants and scratchy FX. One for those mind-altering dancefloor moments, which Rossi harnesses in his DJ sets.

Remix duties for 'Inversions' are undertaken by Frankfurt's Phillip Lauer. Lauer is one of those producers who refuses to allow himself to be limited to any one style, so it's fair to wonder just what Running Back label mainstay (and label boss Gerd's partner in Tuff City Kids) is going to rock up with. This time he's taken the track down a lighter path, with a straight up electro-influenced version. It's still got that 80s feel with the melodic strings working their magic, but there's less moodiness and more light over the original's shadowy approach.

Next comes 'Breathe', which has a lighter feel than the title track altogether. Anchored by a deep bassline, this one pairs rolling percussion with rising and falling chords that go from an airy intro into a more stomping track that shows its teeth about two minutes in. The piano hook at the critical moment lifts us up and up again, making this the definite feel-good moment of the EP.

Finally on remix duties for 'Breathe' is the multi-talented Geoff Kirkwood, aka Man Power. With his Me Me Me label now making noise all over the scene and his rep as a DJ and producer who can command venues like Panorama Bar and Fabric firmly established, Man Power is another producer you just can't pin down genre-wise. Here he's taking 'Breathe' for a tougher make-over, as he primps it up with darker FX and thunders up that bassline, sharpening those kicks and tweaking those chords to give the whole track a more driving, darker feel.



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