Spring Theory's fifth release comes courtesy of LA-based producer Sage Caswell, whose unique approach to dance music evokes the paradoxically rushed-yet-laidback duality of his hometown. Sleep Quarters EP follows in these dualistic footsteps; it's a four-track release equally split between music for the dancefloor and music for dreaming.
The a-side begins with "Sleep Quarters", a haze of drifting chords that, despite its name, suits club play via jagged drums that beat through the mix. That current is continued by "Paper USB", which brings the bang with a little more heft and sizzle beneath its maze-like whirl of mechanical chimes.
While the first two tracks strive to balance ambience and dancefloor appeal, the b-side is a total departure into ambient space. "Shiny Dog" introduces this new direction with a sublimely immersive wall of sound that builds and dissolves into rippling waves of delay.
They say that good things come to those who wait, and that's certainly the case with "For Runner". The most daring cut of the bunch, it closes things on a high note with a beautifully beatless sonic impression of a locked-in narcotic infinity. We'd continue to describe it in words, but, like the rest of the EP, it really needs to be heard to be felt.
Few tracks get the party going like First Casualty. A staple in so many sets since way before its release, it gives great joy and euphoria, while being bold and dynamic. This record proved to be the start of something special for Nathan Micay. Props for the 24-bit quality and hats off to Whities for another gem. Edward
Through self-taught production methods, Xyla makes tracks that flow seamlessly through footwork to IDM, techno, ambient, and jazz, utilizing classical instrument samples. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 4, 2020