DescriptionEarly Support From: Osunlade, Climbers, X-Press 2, Climbers, Walker & Royce, UGLH, Shindig, Johnny Cade, Jet Project, Nikko Gibler, Nick Holder, Julien Sandre, Brodanse, Quintessentials, :terry: and more.
FSilence In Metropolis is a new vinyl and digital label that has a discerning ear when it comes to underground House music. Now on its third release the imprint aims to serve as a hub for up and coming talent alongside established artists that have already paved the way. For their next EP they turn to Usual Things Around, a trio based out of Italy and made up of Manuel de Lorenzi, Paul DC and Samuele Pirani who have clocked up support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, with remixes coming from man of the moment Dale Howard and Jus Nowhere.
The Usual Things Around trio have long histories dating back to the 90s and taking in party promotion, label management and many production projects, and that heritage shows in their tracks. First is Rescue, a chunky cut and heavy house groove with well defined percussion and teasing vocal samples. The rubbery bassline will no doubt slay dancefloors whilst the twinkling melodies work just as well on head as they do on heel.
The remix comes from Jus Nowhere - the pseudonym for the Washington DC based Justin Nouhra who has releases forthcoming on Rebel Hill and hometown label, Silence in Metropolis. His rework of Rescue is more intricate and tightly layered, the drums are a bit looser, the groove more fluid and the neon glow of the background pads seem extra warm.
The other original is Its Real a fulsome and cantering track that verges on techno with its metallic stabs, clicking percussion and dubby ambiance. Driving on and on with subtle elements creeping in and out of the mix, from weird voices to ditty chords via what sound like bird calls, its a track for the body and no mistake.
After serving up some chart topping bombs for the likes of Morris Audio and OFF Recordings, Dale Howard is very much a new school talent on the charge. His remix is garage inclined remix shuffles and wiggles along without any friction, just the deftest of melodic touches, and closes out a very promising EP from an equally auspicious new label.