Lowris - AAA EP

Label: Concealed Sounds - CCLD005
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: Denmark
Released: Nov 2014
Style: Techno, House, Minimal

The fifth instalment of Martinez's Concealed Sounds features Parisian producer Loris Pugnet, better known as Lowris. This is his second full length solo EP of the year and of his career at that, but he's already starting to make a name for himself.
Loris mashes together minimalistic, austere beats with micro percussions and various other lo-fi background elements knit together in order to create a very relaxed and subtle atmosphere on both sides of records, though Samuel Andre Madsen (S.A.M.) takes a completely different approach to the record and strays from the path, working up an awesome deep house remix.

The title track, "AAA", works its way up from an up-tempo kick drum and hat rhythms coupled with metallic shakers in the background towards a subbassy, loopy tool. The delayed flanger riffs and occasional milestone synths are a nice touch, but after a few minutes it all gets a bit too much of the same thing. The vocal chants that are repeated throughout the full length of the track, rising in volume as the track progresses give it a certain old-school 90's house festive feeling, boosting the track up a notch, but only to a certain degree. Nevertheless, it's bound to work wonders on many a dance floors if used correctly - it's catchy and at some points even psychedelic due to the flurry of high end sounds and the constant chanting, but it just might be a bit too long for what it has to say.

Next up, S.A.M.s reshape of the same track certainly keeps to the spirit and percussive rhythm of the original, even incorporating his own chants and vocals in the mix at some intervals, though the similarities stop there. Samuel adds a whole lot of swing, groove and melody to the original, and proves once again that he's one of the most versatile and talented new producers out there. The remix is infectious and happy - it manages to enthrall you and make you smile, something which lacks in the original material unfortunately.

The B Side, "Btass", ends the EP on a serious, dark, highly minimalistic tone. Pugnet's background as a sound engineer shows its perks throughout the 5 minute excursion, more so than in "AAA". Beyond the clear and crisp percussion , sharp mid tones and subby groove, it seems more coherent and more thought out than the A side, making good use of a chilling repetitive melody, subtle ambiance and various other delayed elements to keep it going.

All in all, Lowris manages to set a precedent for himself, in many ways sticking to the style of his earlier EP on Crazyjack this year, whilst S.A.M. breaks through with his soothing, dubby remix, which will surely earn this EP a spot in many record cases around the world for quite some time.