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Artist: Jack Dixon7251_you-wont-let-me
Title: You Won’t Let Me EP
Cat. #: AMB1202
Format: 12″ & Digital
Label: Apollo
Release: Vinyl: 30/4/2012 & Digital: 07/5/2012
Tracklist:
A1. You Won’t Let Me
A2. Saviour
B1. Every Time
B2. Black Paint

Jack Dixon, a London-based electronic artist draws influences from Wolfgang Voigt, mutant disco, Autechre and Tim Hecker. Quite an array of jumping off points and ones which are clearly evident throughout his intricate productions. His productions sound as much at home on a heaving, sweat-soaked, educated dance floor as they do on headphones in the sleepy urban half-light on the night bus home. From his earliest releases on Brownswood, TAKE, and Silverback, Jack has found love and support from amongst others Mary Anne Hobbs, Joy Orbison, Will Saul, Sinden and Eats Everything. Unconstrained by genre, Jack has established an arresting, unique sound that joins the melodic nuances of house, the subtle experimentalism of minimal techno and the rhythmic flexibility of the UK underground.

Stripping it right back for his Apollo release, opener You Won’t Let Me ingratiates the new bass dictats with an incredibly sensitive attention to the treatment of the vocal. Emotive, half-heard Burial-esque vocal snippets give way to intricate atmospherics. Saviour pitches the tempo up a notch with a driving rhythm, vocals laying low in the mix and a late-night synth line to confuse the senses. You can hear what Jacques Green loves about this man, right here in this track. Everytime is built around the heart wrenching vocal loop ‘Learn Everytime’ whilst final track Black Paint wouldn’t sound out of place at the start of one of Richie Hawtin or Carl Craig’s epic sets at the same time sitting right at home with Pariah and the rest of the new breed. Production has moved on in leaps and bounds over the past few years but what’s so often missing is emotion. This EP has more of that in the first few seconds than other releases only dream of.

 

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