South London based, Celsius, has built quite a name for himself over the past few years, releasing with Jaymo & Andy George’s reputable, Moda Black, imprint, as well as remixing for Anjuna Deep, and picking up BBC radio support from Skream, Annie Mac, Pete Tong and even filtering through to Nick Grimshaw’s daytime show, a striking sign of the modern appeal embodied in his music. Further support has come from Huxley, and Claude Von Stroke so it would seem Celsius is ticking all the boxes to elevate his career in 2013. Here he puts another foot forward, joining the MadTech roster following the steps of Citizen, No Artificial Colours, and Voyeur.
Title track ‘Incoming’ opens the single, and does so in style, with its enticing, pad and bass-driven intro, which soon, evolves into hectic synth stab and bass hook melodies that brilliantly, intricately develop throughout the track with baroque variations continually being introduced. The cosseting melodies, sporadic chords and a hipitched vocal licks are then worked into the structure intermittently to break things down and build tension surrounding the sturdy foundations, the result is a unique track covering lots of territory yet maintaining coherency.
Up next is ‘Thirds & Fourths’, which takes on a more, set-back, ethereal approach with the melodic side of things, opting to use soft pads, heavily delayed and reverberated string chops and FM synths. While shuffled rhythms, manipulated vocal snippets and the infectious bass-line carry the weight of the record. Then lastly to close the 12, is ‘No Ratio’, a slow-blooming, bass heavy, workout which again tightly blends cleverly sampled vocal lines, bright strings and loose 4/4 drums alongside an amalgamation of earth-shattering sub-bass and organ tones, creating a fantastic contemporary house number.
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