Huxley & Shenoda are two of the most in-demand producers on the underground house scene and the 'Chatsworth Sound EP' is the pair's full collaborative debut. Long-time friends and label mates on Hypercolour and Huxley's Saints & Sonnets, the duo have undeniable studio chemistry and 'Chatsworth Sound EP' debuts it beautifully. Opening with warped, sweeping synths and a crisp hi-hat shuffle, 'I Don't Know' is the perfect marriage of garage shuffle and four-to-the-floor house thump, the spoken word vocal adding a classic Chicago vibe before heavy, metallic bass throbs take control of proceedings. Treading the fine line between heady atmospherics and straight up dancefloor appeal with aplomb, the female vocal cuts through the mix late on and adds a whole new level to what will surely become one of this year's house anthems. The appeals of 'Premier' are perhaps a touch subtler but no less effective, as a Reece inspired bassline gives way to beautifully fragile swatches of glimmering synths, before returning alongside a huge kick to lass waste to all who stand before it. This time the vocal takes centre stage with one of the most yearningly hypnotic refrains of recent memory.
Huxley & Shenoda 'Chatsworth Sound EP'
1. I Don't Know
Written & Produced by Laurie Shenoda & Michael Dodman
Mixed by Justin Drake, Shenoda & Huxley @ The Old Bakehouse
Published by Defected Music & Copyright Control
P&C 2013 Defected Records Limited