Artist: Locked Groove
Title: Keep It Simple EP
Label: Hotflush Recordings
Cat #: HTF023
Release Date: 18/06/2012
Format: Vinyl / Digital
01 Locked Groove – Keep Running (Original Mix)
02 Locked Groove – Aller Simple (Original Mix)
03 Locked Groove – Even (Original Mix)
04 Locked Groove – Keep Running (Dub Tool)
Belgian producer, Tim Van de Meutter, aka Locked Groove, returns to Hotflush for a second EP following the success of January’s pivotal Rooted release. Keep It Simple comprises four weighty examples of why the young producer’s unique fusion of big-room techno and moodier, deep-house elements has been resonating so loudly of late.
Central to the EP is simplicity itself; how simple structures create something larger than the sum of their parts as “Keep Running”, with its rattling percussion, acidic bass stabs and euphoric builds, flaunts to the full. “Aller Simple” adds swing to a similar palette that’s as stripped-back as it is heavy-duty.
Force is replaced by introspection on vinyl-closer, “Even” – an inebriated voice reverberates over whispered organs and an understated groove – while digital buyers are offered a dubbed-out, tool version of “Keep Running”. Simple, but effective.