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Fred Baker and Greg Nash have teamed up again to produce another storming EP on 2 Play...

:: Fred Baker Vs. Greg Nash - The City EP
:: 2Play Records
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1) Atlantis City

'Atlantis City' is a fat, tribal sounding track with stark stabs of synth ripping through over chattering percussion and a subtle, rhythm-laced bass line. Another level of even shriller synths stack up to provide even more tension before the whole thing explodes and fades away into a relaxing, ambient breakdown. Quite a contrast, but don't be fooled though, as this winds up again in a build up and drops the beat back in along with a more old school sounding synth which stabs out the main rhythm. This doesn't last for long either though, as another building breakdown is used to reintroduce what we heard before - the chattering percussion, bassy rhythms and shrill stabbed synthlines.

The changes are very stark and it's almost like listening to 2 different tunes chopping and changing. Interesting though, and the energised feel of the main sections will most likely keep the dancefloor fired up.

2) Solaris City
'Solaris City' is also a deceiving track. It begins with a heavy percussion which exhibits a bassy undertone, making it dark and moody. A deep, booming bass is used along with sinister hits of synth to create a superbly dark and driving passage. However this is where things begin to change. The synth actually develops into a more melodic hook and a vast sea of pads and backing synths just rise up from the depths and soften the sound, making it more uplifting than anything else. The breakdown sees an arpeggiated riff and also a piano (mmmm) to see in the new lead melody, played by a fuzzy, highly trancey synth. From here, it's slightly driving but uplifting trance all the way home. A surprising little gem, this one.

Conclusion:
Fred Baker usually come up with the goods and this is no exception. They've definitely worked on variating their tracks as these two clearly show. 'Atlantis City' is very techy, and perhaps contains too much of a stark contrast between sections. 'Solaris City' though is wonderful - the transformation from dark, scary tech into soft and uplifting moods is fantastic and an unexpected surprise.

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Rating:
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