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Finding themselves secluded from contemporary clutter, our trans-tasman brothers, Chaos In The CBD (a moniker encompassing New Zealand's Ben & Louis Helliker-Hales), have brought their buoyant take on house music to the Amadeus catalog.
"Dusty Sundays," the EP opener, manipulates a 4/4 structure through bubbly textures and spacial interjections of an unknown vocalist. The beauty of the a-side is solidified in its groove, a healthy balance of atmos and sub-bass. What 'Dusty Sundays' leaves behind is further stressed through a-side backing "Girl Like You," a garage infused original that pays tribute to the late, jack'n dance music of the 90s.
The EP as a whole delves into the subconscious through "In Between," a naturally ambient tune held together by subtle percussion and carefully textured drones. Melodic harp pieces stumble throughout the track's almost six minute life span, building upon layers of pads and delayed chord bits.
We sought the esteemed London-bred producer Jack Dixon (Apollo/Skint) to tie the release together. Jack's reworking does just that, a stripped-back version of the original outfitted with drifting pads, vocal bits and an overall emphasis on atmosphere.
A1. Dusty Sundays
A2. Girl Like You
B1. In Between
B2. Dusty Sundays (Jack Dixon Remix)
Jaymo - “Thanks, enjoying this!”
Bambounou - “I love Girl like you and Open air, gonna play them at all my set“
Matthias Zimmermann - “My favorite is Dusty Sundays Original Mix.”
Homework - “Interesting release again.”
Viadrina - “Another Amadeus EP, so good as last Forrest. release. Can't decide on the favourite one here, all the mixes are interesting. Supported!”
Youandewan - “dope release! great stuff.... very noice!”
Edit Murphy - “Fire”
Lorcan Mak - “All over this! Great package, will play out...Big ups!!”
Cedaa - "Girl Like you’ is definitely the standout for me on the release. Amazing vibe, I'll likely play it out in some of my chilled sets :)”
LOL Boys - “great work!”
Coat of Arms - “Dusty Sundays Is The Perfect Vibe, Love It, Maya Jane Coles-ish. Solid EP Liking It”
James Vorres (Juno) - “Great release”
Silverback Records - “For me, Chaos in the CBD hits the right spot somewhere between proper, conventional, straight forward house, and electronic music with a twist, with a certain quirkiness to it... With this release they delivered another banger yet again, and it's really hard to pick favorites... But if I'd had to, then I'd pick the title track, "Dusty Sundays." It almost makes me wish Sundays over here would be dusty, but they aren't... they're mostly rainy.”
Big Up Magazine - “Yes, there is still good House music!!”
James Barnsley - “Nice release boys. 'Girl like you' and Jack Dixon remix of 'Dusty Sundays' does the business for me.”
Joyce Muniz - “dusty sundays & girl like you are my favourites. jack dixon did a good job. thx”
Original work arranged, recorded, and sampled by Louis & Ben Helliker-Hales.
Mastering by Lajos Nadhazi and Kristóf Ambrózy.
Release/catalogue number: AMA004
Release date: May 21, 2012