320 kbps, LAME-encoded
In the wake of Bicep's 'Just' EP - AUS Music continue to maintain their momentum and welcome back Sei A. Having releases records on Turbo, Kompakt and Hemlock - the London via Glasgow producer marks his welcome return with 'Gasp' - his first contribution to the label since November 2013. Sei A is an artist who has astutely diversified his sound with each and every piece of output and whilst his catalogue has strayed left of centre it's consistently remained punctuated with the sort of muscular club material that's given him a steady home at AUS. His latest offering is one that fans of 'Make It Work' and 'Wants' will relish as it melds moody, syncopated grooves with nifty vocal snips and capacious breakdowns. The title track unfolds behind an arresting loop that - propelled by a dense thud, gathers percussive whacks and a prowling bass pattern. Vocal clips fall in and out before a truncated breakdown snaps back in and catches the listener off guard. 'Never Wander' then builds behind sizzling hi hats and a tape-driven kick. Mournful chord shifts are spread overhead before a sharp electric bass pattern is driven in from underneath. Suffused with tape-driven texture '4ME2' then unfolds behind a tumbling sequence that's gently bent out of shape. A thick wall of sound then snowballs bringing with it a rasping bass tones and vast, heart-rending chord shifts that seal off yet another addition to a long list of triumphs on AUS.