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Chemical Gardens EP

Format: 12"
Cat: VQ 024
Released: 15 Feb 13
Genre: Minimal/Tech House

Tracklist
Side 1
1. "Claire" (with Guy Gerber)
2. "Destroy She Says"
3. "Renaissance"
Side 2
1. "Remove Control"
2. "Through Your Mind" (feat Spaceman)
3. "U (Unfinished)"
Review

Sometime Guy Gerber cohort Clarian (also to be found in deep house duo Footprintz) makes a first release proper with this expansive EP on Visionquest, embracing a rich spread of styles but all driven by a love of warm, harmonious melodics. "Claire" is a link-up with Gerber, resulting in a sun kissed deep house cut full of plaintive piano and soothing synths, while "Destroy She Says" finds a curious position in between ambient techno and Detroit electro. "Renaissance" is a more mournful kind of deep house, working on minor chords and reaching for a full-on vocal turn, signalling a progression in the EP further towards vocal pop tracks. "Remove Control" has a touch of Italo about it, mixed with romantic strings and more perfectly processed singing, while there's a measured acid throb to "Through Your Mind". Rounding the EP off on a moody progressive tip, "U (Unfinished)" presents perhaps the clubbiest of all the tracks on this six track bumper addition to the Visionquest stable.

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