After a solid pairing with Midland, Londoner Breach (Ben Westbeech) teams up with the Dark Sky trio for the second release on his new Naked Naked imprint. On paper it's a savvy collaboration, given Dark Sky's adventurous tendencies and Westbeech's ear for slick hooks. Disappointingly, however, the foursome churn out two perfunctory additions to the overcrowded UK house scene.
"The Click" is the better of the two. It features techno-style reverb and a killer bassline drop that seems to descend and descend. But the elements themselves feel borrowed, like a collage of stock house music sounds. The flipside, "The Fallout," only exacerbates this, homing in on Julio Bashmore's recent retro house territory and throwing in an organ melody that sounds too much like Dark Sky's excellent "Neon," a track whose inventiveness haunts this one. There's no doubt these are competent tunes—and the bassline in "The Click" would go down well in a rave, for sure—but here it sounds like the four artists played with presets and factory sample packs for a few hours and tried to wring a release out of it.
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Tracklist: Dark Sky & Breach - The Click / Fallout A The Click