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BareSkin on October 01, 2012 23:25

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    As well as kicking it with the big dogs like Groove Armada, Hypercolour is known for bringing through the next generation of talent. As such, it is with great pleasure they announce a debut EP on Hypercolour from BareSkin. Of course, age is of no concern when it comes to music - it's the sounds that matter - but when you hear the unique palette of BareSkin you might be blown away by the fact that he only just turned 18. Get Physical certainly were and have recently signed the youngster's other project, a band called Wire People, as soon as they heard its offerings. The EP opens with 'Eyes', the most extroverted dancefloor moment of all, with with a dirty acid bassline fighting for breath between more dexterous analogue trickery above. The choppy, garage-lite vocal is what defines it though, and will likely become an anthem as a result! Next, 'Framework' favours a more complex rhythmical pattern that goes deep into space as Josh's pitched down shadowy voice rides along up top. It hiccups along as intricate sonic details make up a patchwork arrangement somewhere between Four Tet and Villalobos. So too is it reminiscent (co- incidentally, of course, as BareSkin was but a child at the time) of the 3/4 Kompakt sound Superpitcher, Mayer and Voigt have all championed in the past. Following on, '30 Mirrors' again makes use of a clipped vocal hook (which you may or may not recognise in places), though this one if veiled in euphoria rather than paranoia. It lays over a pumping but grubby bassline as synth soundscapes twist and turn in the background. Simple but effective, it's characterised by mature restraint and great sense of space. Finally, 'Night Squad', which was co-produced by and features the voice of BareSkin's best friend and the singer in Wire People, Jake Wiltshire, is a glistening fusion of fuzzy analogue lines and lazy house skip. Dense with acid prickles, glistening percussion and raw drums yet somehow not over cluttered, it's a devilishly emotional track for someone so young. Tough to define singularly as house, bass or techno, this is a diverse EP tied together by genuine rawness and a clear love of hardware aesthetics. Introducing BareSkin...


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