- Release Date 2010-01-11
- Label Soma Records
- Catalog SOMA276D
First-up on the release is the growling Nightwalker, which has been one of the most played tracks in Richie Hawtin's sets of recent. Harvey has started to re-develop his trademark sound, stripping back his clinical layers to their bare-bones and allowing the ball to do the work.
Simplicity is key on this EP and Nightwalker is that in a nutshell. Back-beat sub-bass carries the rhythm, while crackling vinyl distortion roughs-up the sound, giving a smouldering feel to the track. The track builds and builds through the introduction of a ride cymbal, crispy high-hats and shaking percussion, until an eerie, almost apocalyptic synth enters. Bass builds, the metallic ride returns and stabs entice the kick back. This brooding track is one of McKays finest and brings a new sound to the table.
RAW doesnt stray far from this sound, with sucking sub-bass, exploding claps and haunting samples. The track develops with a slowly rising filter on the lo-end, until it drops off to silence. Then the bass takes control.
Altogether, a very different sound from Harvey McKays Machine Make Noise album, but one that he will continue to explore and champion