Hug The Scary
Aus continue to release the best and brightest of contemporary dance music with the ŒHug The Scary EP, a collaboration between luminaries Will Saul and Lee Jones. Will Saul is best known as the head of Simple Records, up for nomination as Best British Label in DJ Magazine this year and also sister label to the more experimental Aus imprint on which this EP is released. In his career to date he has released numerous singles on Simple, the critically acclaimed Space Between¹ album and has recently produced an EP for the German Label Systematic. Englishman in Berlin Lee Jones has to date released acclaimed singles on Liebe Detail, Aus and his own label, Just Recordings. Formerly releasing under the moniker Hefner¹, he is also a main creative force behind Playhouse Records¹ My My, whose ŒSongs For The Gentle¹ album won plaudits worldwide in 2006. Opener ŒHug The Scary¹ is a transcendental journey. Trace echoes of melody encircle an intensifying percussive step, filtering to a chimed key reflection. Tonal themes fade in, compete, distort and then depart, making way for peaks of overwhelming melody, with only the fittest surviving and elevating to the sublime. On the flip side, Partial Arts (the duo of Ewan Pearson and Al Usher) give their own, heavily percussive, account of proceedings. Stormy fuzz and bubble bath accents introduce a funk bassline and interplay between looped guitar and tonal melody. A sci-fi synth haze halts and then dictates the progression into a saturated melodic climax.