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saroos - morning way ep (download)


ARTIST // saroos
LABEL // alien transistor (uk)
CAT // n34dg



Admittedly, I don't know much about who or what Saroos is but I don't suspect that matters much anyway. On this latest EP, "Morning Way," they lay down some serious grooves amongst a bed of dubbed-out basslines and heavy rhythms, plus a whole bunch of other random snippets thrown in for good measure. The title track is main attraction here, though, with lush instrumentation and vocal samples steeped in glam elegance. Slow moving and enchanting, it's just over two minutes of pure, stylish luxury. Throughout the EP vague Caribbean aesthetics along with hints of glitch and straight-on dance grooves flesh things out, keeping the listener engaged. Also of note is the number of outsiders Saroos worked with on the EP, be it in the form of mixes/remixes (Schlachthofbronx, Dax Pierson, & Opiate) or outright collaboration (Fenster, Life & Limb). All in all it's a quick and worth listen. – Brad Rose, Experimedia
The artwork displays a detail shot of swampland: think of ist vegetation as an exotic contradiction – at once rooted, but in constant motion from the flow of water it is immersed in. What water does to the Hylophytes, the bassline does to the title track of this EP: it circles without wavering; leisurely, yet rumbling. Saroos are knee-deep in Dub. The bass is a massive grounding force, underlying a dialogue between exotic pop instrumentation (such as Caribbean lap-steel guitars and flutes) and vocal samples. 'Morning Ways' shows an eclectic and open side of Saroos never explored before - more than just a good omen for their forthcoming album, as this track is its first single. With the second song the sky brightens: the minimalistic but playful loops and the slightly dizzying beat of 'Henderson Island' (produced by Schlachthofbronx) leave enough space for a sparkling accordion line. The third brand new track is a collaboration with Berlin/NYC based band Fenster. 'East' is a percussive ballad with traces of recent UK Bass music colliding with erratic and surprising guitar work. Another collaboration with Life & Limb, which was previously only available in the blogosphere, finally made it onto Vinyl. The EP is completed by two remixes: Dax Pierson (of Subtle) adds a BeatScience/Dub-patina to 'Fog People', while Opiate shows his mastery in abstraction, in cutting and arranging things to make them completely new. For Saroos, this record is a prospect of things to come, as well as an assessment of where they are now and where they have been.

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