Moray - My System

Label: Three Fingerz Musique - 3FM002
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: UK
Released: February 2016
Style: House, Deep House, Tech House

UK based label Three Fingerz Musiques second release continues much in the fashion of it's incipient EP - lush, deep house, straightforward and efficient. Spanish producer Moray brings together two original cuts well rounded up by remixes from fellow countrymen Los Pastores and Japanese native Tomoki Tamura.

The EP starts off with the original "My System", a delicate and subtle after hour tingler. The main features are spacey sounds that pan through the main drum tracks and warm chords coupled with some colder rhythmic synths. The technique is remarkable and you can hear the filtered clap emerging through at the first break point - small percussive details playfully come into place and the vocals creep in, delayed and distorted. As the track comes to a close, the hi-hats tune down to more sparse composition, alternating between a more metallic sound and delayed shakers.

Los Pastores's remix takes a detour, housing things up even more. Retaining the vibe of the original through use of vocals and break downs emphasized by atonal noises, it lays down a hard hitting bass line and a hefty kick drum. It beckons comparison with some of the earlier works of Grant Dell and Nathan Coles and other UK based producers and does so in quite a fashion. Even though not much of the melodic works from the original make their way into the remix, you can hear some of the original synths here and there, but mostly as transition elements. Nonetheless, it's a unique take on the original and makes for a prime time stomper.

The B side, "Checking Defaults" is a bit more on the dark side - the chords serve as a foundation for the vocals to bloom and flourish. Just like the A side, it's minimalistic in nature and due to the lack of a more developed harmonic component it locks you in to the 4/4 rhythm. As with "My System", Moray makes good use of break points to build up tension, as much as he can with a track of this type. As sparse as it is, "Checking Defaults" manages to intrigue the listener beyond the dancing component. A very interesting notation is how well balanced the drum tracks are - the hi-hats, the snare, the kick drum, they all fall into place beautifully.

Finally, the release comes to and end with Tomoki Tamura's remix of the B Side. He transforms the original into a rolling groover, and it does seem a bit more cohesive and dynamic than the original as a whole. The high end is pushed forward up by 4/4 rides and shakers, while the kick drum seems to punch through the mix a bit too much and the vocals seem a bit pointless most of the time. Nonetheless, the chords and the huge continuous bass line do just enough to keep it going and rounds up the EP nicely.