Loving the UK Garage feel from this.
Skippy hi hats, gentle bass line, dreamy chords then sexy vocal chops. mmmm, reminds me of Club Lonely era Lil Louis. TOP TIP etc.
Favorite track: HYPERSOCIAL.
Patrick Conway is made of snips and snails and puppy tails. This is his second offering for the ESP Institute. On side A, 'Hypersocial' removes our minds from the daily online cesspool and pulls up emotions we haven’t felt for almost a year. We lost a Summer of dancing together en masse in clubs, fields, warehouses and pubs, but with this beautiful reminder of what true social synergy and collective ecstasy can physically feel like, the Bristolian by way of Berlin hits the nail right on the head (with a little help from his friends Quantum Thomas & Hoyahelper). Lush strings? Tick. Balmy chord progression? Tick. Ethereal vocal chops? Walloping bassline? Infectious rhythm? Goosebumps? Tears of joy? Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick! On the flip-side, 'Safety Test' is surely the tougher counterpart, the warm fuzzies are traded for a ten ton bag of grit. Here, Patrick foreshadows a sonic approach we’ll hear lot more of with his debut album early next year; a combination of abrasive rhythms, processed scraps, a grab bag of stabbing bleeps and bloops, distant car alarms, ballistic fax machines, and an arsenal of low frequencies so brutal your woofers will require jumper cables. So, a heroic slab for both block party in your brain and sunset in your soul, these two songs will bring back the Summer you just lost.
released December 4, 2020
Produced by Patrick Conway
Technical itches scratched by Quantum Thomas & Hoyahelper
supported by 5 fans who also own “Hypersocial b/w Safety Test”
Brilliant collection of dub and breakbeat-infused techno. Has a very "Bristol" sound as a result of the echo-y nature and ghostly bass undercurrent - if you'd played me this blind and asked me to name the city it originated from I think I would have said Bristol or London. Seems to be a lot of Andy Weatherall in there, especially 'Haunted Dancehall'. If you like Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood/On-U Sound, Renegade Soundwave or any dub influenced techno you'll love this. deadshotkeen