Acumen “Welcome Back”

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Artist: Acumen
Title: Welcome Back
Label: Time Has Changed
Catalogue No: THCD048
Release Date: May 6th 2013
1. Deeper than it Looks
2. Magic Garden
3. Ellen, Steve & Michael are on a Boat
4. Three Four Five

France’s Time Has Changed imprint has carved out its own niche in the deep house and tech scenes since starting in 2007, and now label co-boss Acumen steps up for a new EP that confirms it to be one of the freshest labels out there once again. Acumen himself is still riding high of his debut album for the label last year, but returns with this Welcome Back EP in just as fine form.

Things open with “Deeper Than It Looks”, a prowling, heavy weight wedge of house with growling basslines and some colour analogue melodies raining down its face. “Magic Garden” then once again proves Acumen has a real grasp on and understanding of his studio with plenty of inviting textures and contrasting surfaces making up a colourful, spare track that speaks of a cosmic late night comedown.

From there, the beautifully titled “Ellen, Steve & Michael are on a Boat” explores more slightly angst-y tech house grooves, with laboured percussion trickling over a chugging bassline and some future facing synths lighting the whole thing up at various intervals. Finally, “Three Four Five” seems charged with electricity and static as howling synths meander above a down low groove that kicks and slaps you into dancing action.

Another fine effort from the man they call Acumen and his label Time Has Changed.

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