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  • Release Date 2014-04-14
  • Label microCastle
  • Catalog MCSL033
The 33rd release on microCastle features the return of Matt Thomas aka King Unique to the label. The storied UK producer has been an integral part of microCastle over the course of the labels 5 year existence. This is Matt's fourth appearance and it follows his much hyped remix of Jamie Stevens 'The Wonder Of You' from November of 2013. It's been a huge year thus far for King Unique with an appearance on Bedrock's 'Underground Sound of Miami' collection and the release of 'Yohkoh 2014' on Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat Music. We're pleased to welcome Matt back to microCastle for his first EP entitled 'Some Break The Shell'. The EPs unique title taken from Molly Drake's poem 'The Shell' is in reference to Matt breaking away from the musical ground which many have come to expect from him. The melodic house production Raydrop (7 Hours feat. Natalie Arnold) leads the EP off in fine fashion. King Unique's big beats, chunky grooves and quirky electronics lay down a contemporary vibe early on. The spacious foundation then gets well complemented with hypnotic keys, hazy sheets of harmony and Natalie's pristine vocals which cut through the atmosphere with a dynamic flair. This tastefully restrained epic has already earned praise from Above & Beyond, Hernan Cattaneo and Henry Saiz so expect to be hearing this one a lot in the coming months! A dub of 'Raydrop' has also been included which features the same great musical themes from '7 Hours' presented in a slightly more subtle fashion which should serve the less vocally inclined DJs perfectly. The EPs third selection 'Some Break' sees King Unique exploring an ultramodern melodic sound. The undeniable bounce of the breakbeat rhythms are not only fresh but are sure to be magic on the dancefloor. The melodic content of the track is continually building as emotive vocal elements and poignant harmonies play off each other for what results in the ultimate sun drenched anthem. The EP's final track 'Without Boxes' is in many ways it's most exquisite piece. The delicate textures are full of wonderful character and the unique progression of the production carries a profoundly emotional message. It's a piece of music that will sit with you for quite some time and it puts a perfect close to what is one of King Unique's most eagerly anticipated EPs of his career.