Thomas A.S. – North Lake EP
Italian producer Thomas A.S. is set to release his latest EP, ‘North Lake’, on the rising Beirut based label Fantôme de Nuit in April 2015.
Not one for elaborate biographies or fancy press packs, twentysomething Italian producer Thomas A.S. has made a name for himself through his excellent music, which has come on labels like Highrade, ExpMental, Resopal Schallware and many more.
Thomas opens up his latest with the title track ‘North Lake’, a nine minute opus that is underpinned by a massive kick. With a driving beat and crisp percussion he locks listens in before spacing them out with wide open pads and a perfectly executed vocal line.
‘Every Time You Fall’ begins with a mix of smart clanks and some heavy waves of bass. The two work together to envelope the track and by the time the kick drops in, you’re already nodding along. Significantly darker than the opener, this one has a menacing vibe and continues to build and break as it unfolds, growing ever more engaging as a result.
Nick Devon is first to step up on remix duties with his interpretation of ‘North Lake’ and although the mix takes more of a techy twist, it’s the enormous bassline that really stand out here. His use of heavy delay and clever pads make for a delightful build up just before the track drops out near the halfway point. Reduced to bare percussion and and a deep synth line, it floats in mid air for seconds before slamming back to reality.
London based duo Daylomar wrap the release up with their take on ‘Every Time You Fall’. Stripping the track down to its most prominent features, the duo introduce some clever drum programming to mix things up. Their version of Thomas’ menacing b-side is significantly lighter and offers a beautiful variation to the original mix.
This is another varied and inventive EP from both Thomas AS and the Fantôme de Nuit label that is sure to win both many new fans.