Digit n Kemp – Defused EP (Dance and Rave Records)


Defused

Future prospects Digit n Kemp make their debut on the newly founded American label Dance and Rave Records with their ‘Defused‘ EP.

More noise in the form of the ‘Defused‘ from the north-east of England this July by the hands of Dwight Lanham and James Kempley aka Digit n Kemp. Based out of Darlington, these two lads are a new name to us but they’ve been paving the way in their local scene recently appearing at various nights such as Terrace Sessions at Avalon and Illusion at Institute, both held in their hometown of Darlington.

Turning their hand to the production game Digit n Kemp have seemingly found their way with ease and are now ready to unleash their sound with the release of their debut EP ‘Defused‘ which lands on new American-based label Dance and Rave Records.

Digit n Kemp

The EP opens with the title-track ‘Defused‘ a swinging, peak time house groove that has nice underpinning bass lines that sit well amongst tense string lines, atmospheric pads and short vocal stabs. Flavoured in the tech-house style, this is a peak time sound that will definitely move floors.

Fallen Acid‘ is a quick-hitting groove that’s based on a foundation of well-placed drum notes that create a sharp, rolling groove that’s joined by airy synth lines and a solemn spoken vocal. The squelching sound of the classic Roland machine introduces the Acid nuances and suddenly we’re taken on a bit of a trip down memory lane. Maybe it’s the rustic production skills that gives us the hazy feel of early acid-house sounds, who knows, but it works.

Closing the EP is ‘Ibiza70’s‘ a droning bass-led cut that features an ode to Chicago house music. Led by a direct drum groove packed with tightly knitted hits, this one is a straight-up 4/4 that educates as well as moves you.

Overall it’s a very decent first EP from Digit n Kemp, yes there’s thing to improve but overall this is a tight production from the young lads from the North.

The ‘Defused’ EP is available to buy now via Dance and Rave Records here.

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