Desaturate continues an incredibly strong run with an excellent three track EP on Particles, showcasing his distinctive driving and hypnotic progressive sound.
‘Detract’ gets under steam with a wobbly bassline and irresistible hi-hats, though a second more propulsive bassline soon gives the track both heft and uplift. Ambient, trippy melodic touches add a new dimension to the track, and they grow and surge as Desaturate pushes the track towards a thrilling drop. ‘Frostbite’ has a weaving, hypnotic sound, which intensifies over the first few minutes of the track. In full flight, it’s a thing of beauty, with Desaturate adding little melodic flourishes around the edges without compromising his relentless groove, while the breakdown adds in acidic tinges and a stronger hook, which prove devastatingly effective as the track thunders back to life again. Finally, ‘Unholy’ immediately whips up a frenzy with a nasty bass loop, while its initially soothing pads prove to be a bit of a rouse, as they intensify before giving way to more acidic licks. The middle sequence of the track sees Desaturate lighten the mood with some very understated and sparse synths, though the 303-lines aren’t banished for long.
This is fantastic stuff from Desaturate and Particles, with ‘Frostbite’ being my pick of the three, and ‘Detract’ coming in a very close second.