Eric Estornel started the year by finally dropping one of 2010's most popular tracks, and looks to be rounding up 2011 in similar fashion. "Under the Sheets" comes as a simple, one-sided piece of vinyl, devoid of B-sides, remixes or anything else that might distract you from the main event. Atmospherically rich from the outset as a result of lavishly layered pads and looped vocal interjections, its main synth line develops slowly over the course of the track, finally coming into prominence post-break; a muted beam of light from an isolated lighthouse, momentarily piercing the relative gloom before sinking back into obscurity. As you might expect, the bassline is phenomenal, striking the perfect balance between finger-slapping funk and pulsing urgency. It's this fine line between accessibility and credibility that so many artists find impossible to reconcile; on the evidence of this at least, Estornel's poise is faultless.
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