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|1.||"Spinach, Mystery & Insult"|
Ask anyone involved in London's treasured underground house scene of the mid 90s and they'll all tell you the same thing: Silverlining is among that era's most prolific and consistent producers. A musician and DJ of considerable craft and technicality, his is a way of working that's meant he's gained a sort of cult following in discerning circles, with his many vinyl releases always going down a treat with in-the-know record heads. Don't just take our word for it: check out Silverlining's Discogs page to get an idea of what we're talking about. For his latest, the British producer returns to his Silverlining Dubs imprint for a four track EP that's laced with dancefloor-focused goodness.
Kicking off the EP is the rugged sounds of 'Groundhog Rave', fresh out of his South London studio. A muscular cut that never lets its momentum falter for every a moment, this one is characterised by its canny bells as well as a firm dedication to dancefloor aesthetics. Full to the brim with swirling, unpredictable tones from the off, it's full of menace and bags a serious punch. An auspicious start to proceedings, it paves the way for 'Stolen Baggage'. Originally released on Eukahouse in 1997, it is an example of Silverlining's knack for more introspective cuts. Dextrous, deep and trippy but definitely geared towards the floor, this one has been tailor-made for the night's tripper moments in mind.
The wonderfully-named 'Spinach, Mystery and Insult' then gets the B side underway. Arguably the EP's most momentous moment, this one plays out like one of Carl Craig's grandiose productions as 69. A versatile, flair-laden production that's suited to both the beginning and the tail-end of any set, it's a warm, hypnotic gem that's hard not to lap up. Seeing us out the gate soon after is 'Sticky Snails', a truly eclectic listen with guitar and bass licks courtesy of Chris Pascoe, and a range of melodic bells featuring throughout. Stopping to pass for breath around the half-way mark, it keeps us captivated all the way thanks to its incessant ability to keep up second-guessing. A triumphant EP full of versatile weapons, Silverlining's latest marks another storied chapter in an increasingly impressive discography.
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