Gavin Herlihy follows up brilliantly received releases for Culprit and Crosstown Rebels with the Get Loose EP for Leftroom this March – a four-track release featuring No Regular Play on remix duties.
Since leaving his employment as a respected music journalist, Herlihy has ploughed unnerving amounts of effort into his production career and combined with an undoubted natural talent when it comes to musical perversion, the results have been superb. Cadenza, Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels and Moodmusic are just some of the labels that have bought into the Irishmans distinct sound and the steady stream of quality isnt about to let up.
One of the hallmarks of Gavin Herlihys productions is a deft touch when it comes to updating classic tropes and its a skill that is hugely apparent across the Get Loose EP. The title track draws on many elements of the early 90s rave and updates them beautifully - making nagging vocal hits, moody synths and a bulbous, walking bassine sound as fresh and exciting as they did way back.
No Regular Plays stripped, crisp version of Get Loose takes an electro view of the originals elements and makes for a funk-laced creeper of a cut that brutally chops and changes moods to joyful effect.
Looking for The Same Thing and CMon People continue the looking back to look forward theme of the EP. The former, taking pleasure in offsetting skipping drums and funk licks with the woozy warmth of eye-closing synths while the latter manages to fuse broken nu-jazz, Nu-Yorican house and Detroit melodies without skipping a beat.
Every track on the Get Loose EP proved to be a killer at the recent BPM festival, and for good reason.