Having closed out 2013 in some style thanks to the inimitable sounds of Hector Couto and Ben Mono, Swiss label Definition: Music picks up where they left off this time around thanks to British duo Origins Sound, who mark their return to the label thanks to the Detroit Cuts EP.
And as you’d imagine from the title, it’s abundantly obvious where the influences for this one stem from. Make no mistake, however; this is no flippant, throwaway revival fare, but is instead a series of tracks that celebrate and pay homage to the Motor City’s rich musical heritage. The title track illustrates a case in point, with its well-heeled bass timbres and its spiky yet infectious synths leading us down a stuff and stifling path that’s laden with sonic nuances and undoubted flair from the first beat to the last.
Middling effort ”Black” then introduces us to the duo’s more introspective side, with its shining, subtle melodies injecting the EP with an almost tangible human warmth. Stuffed full with unsuspecting twists and turns, it showcases the pair’s undoubted eclecticism with some panache.
The final twist in the tale is ”Amery”, a track that makes smart use of some lovely samples and a bassline that flirts with peak-time pastures. Trippy but void of novelty and still discerning, it’s another track that leads us down a path that’s full of hidden crevices and various other nooks and crannies that are worth getting lost in. An extremely auspicious start to the year for both Origins Sound and the Definition crew.