Sepalcure's self-titled debut fused footwork, bass and classic dance music tropes, and, in the process, sounded like nothing else—save Travis Stewart's coruscating Machinedrum solo joint that is. Here, the gift keeps on giving. Album cut "Eternally Yrs" is unchanged from its long-playing counterpart—akin to a 21st century, 8-bit rethinking of The Ballistic Brothers' melancholic 1997 electro soul gem, "Marching On." Drum & bass' King of the Liquid Groove, Marcus Intalex, gets his mitts on the Italo piano house-worshipping "Hold On," albeit in his house/techno Trevino guise. The Mancunian layers on stabbing strings, pinging cowbells and crunched-up, squelchy kick drums to create a mood of gentle euphoria.
"Don't Cry," an all-new Sepalcure production, further highlights Praveen Sharma and Stewart's adroit drum programming and ear for a heart-breaking melody but it's Kevin McPhee's remix of "The One" that's the, er, one. The Canadian producer sets sail with a backdrop of chirping rainforest insects that's soon outmuscled by juddering, galloping techno slaps and emotive pads that jink this way and that.
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Tracklist: Sepalcure - Eternally Yrs A1 Eternally Yrs
A2 Hold On (Trevino Remix)
B1 Don't Cry
B2 The One (Kevin McPhee Remix)