Asquith 'Rave Til Dawn EP' 12" (Blue Vinyl Repress)
Asquith returns to his self-titled imprint following a couple of external EP announcements for Who's Susan and Private Persons.
Rave Til Dawn EP sees the London-based artist follow up the massive 'Let Me EP' with another clutch of takes on anthemic, big-room techno.
The title track Rave Til Dawn does everything a Let Me followup should do; huge compressed kicks, reverberating piano stabs and epic call-out vocals all collide on an absolute monster A-side. Second track 'Down' traces a more tool-y techno line. Rolling with the percussion and popping with mechanic energy. It's all compiled with elements of the original techno template shot through with a ton of UK bass weight.
‘Crush’ takes Asquith's manic monotone stab template into more techy territory, opening the production up and leading us into a cocoon of pressurised space. Stripped back but still crushing. Final track 'LCD Steppin'' sees us entering back into pacier territory that regularly pops up at the end of Asquith EPs. Shifting pad samples overlay a rickety jungle break and a voice calling at us to "Step!", before we're hoofed into the long grass with a 4/4 kick all the way up at 155bpm. It's not quite 160 but that's what the pitch slider is for ;)