Gavin Herlihy - Was I Supposed To by Leftroom published on 2014/04/10 16:22:37 +0000 Returning to Leftroom with his third EP after previous outings in 2009 and 2012 is Gavin Herlihy, the Irish born producer who has also released on labels like Cocoon, Culprit and Crosstown Rebels. In his time Herlihy has produced everything from deepest house to rawest techno and has scored countless hits as a result. An accomplished DJ who plays everywhere from fabric to Panorama Bar, the former journalist has plenty of tricks up his sleeves as evidenced by this EP, complete with a remix from boss Matt Tolfrey. What’s more, there will be a vinyl version released later with different remixes exclusive to the 12". Opener ‘Put It Down’ is a pinging bit of house music with kinky synth blurts, malfunctioning machine noises and a ghetto-fried vocal line mixed up within. It’s a kinetic tune that brings out people’s freakier dancing sides. Next track ‘Was I Supposed to’ is a whacked out house rhythm with squirming synth lines. It teases you with a drop that comes when you least expect it and has you writhing about until that time comes. The remix comes from Matt Tolfrey who reimagines the track as bumpy, low down house cut with skipping drums and multiple claps all piled up. It makes for a dynamic, jittery groove that makes you shake your limbs. Last but not least, ‘Reality Cheque’ slows things down and toys with broken beats, stabs of warm sub bass and tumbling drum fills. Its playful and eerie at the same time once a ripping synth line comes in to add some texture to the thing, and the addition of some rich, golden chords complete the picture in soulful style. As ever Gavin Herlihy has served up four more diverse tracks that explore many different dancefloor direction but do so with plenty of élan.