Promising UK producer Pariah will follow his recent ‘Detroit Falls’ single for R&S with a double-vinyl EP for the label, titled Safehouses.

‘Detroit Falls’ was almost brash, Dilla-esque hip-hop led by a prominent vocal sample, but Safehouses finds Pariah exploring more ethereal, FaltyDL-style territory on opener ‘The Slump’, while nodding to Untold with the tracks bass hits and Ramadanman with its percussion. There are also touches of classic techno, electro and creeping minimal.

‘Prism’ and ‘Railroad’ offer more prominence to their cut up female vocals, with twilight 2step beats punctuated by the odd live drum break. The jumpy ‘Crossed Out’ has been a FACT favourite since the first time we heard it, while ‘C-Beams’ slows things down to a hip-hop tempo, with fat, squashed beats. ‘Safehouses’ is completely beatless, and puts us in mind of Sven Weisemann’s Xine or The Village Orchestra’s I Can Hear the Sirens.

Not sure when this is out yet, but we’re finding out.

1. The Slump
2. Prism
3. Railroad
4. Crossed Out
5. C-Beams
6. Safehouses



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