But despite his lengthy pedigree, it was only weeks ago that the producer made his Cocoon debut on Cocoon Compilation I, contributing "Kurzweil," a piano-infused house track, which was subsequently picked up by Christian Smith for Renaissance's inaugural Platform mix. Perhaps liking what they heard from the one-time rave techno enthusiast, Cocoon have signed his most recent single "Jazz Me," a relatively subdued tech house cut.
Coming in at just under 8:30, "Jazz Me" gets started with a simple reverberated kick and synth combo, before introducing a rattling cow bell and hi-hat that is coupled with a cymbal crash and sporadic vibraphone twangs. Gradually, the kick becomes overwhelmed by the introduction of effects, adversely affecting the balance between pace and rhythm, eventually resulting in a somewhat disjointed soundscape throughout the latter half of the track. Those looking for Secret Cinema's token, brash 4/4 techno will have to wait.
Until you flip the vinyl over, that is. That's when "Shake Ur Tek-Ass" arrives. As its name suggests, it's a techno affair—choosing to run with a significantly higher BPM than its counterpart. This is the realm in which Secret Cinema excels. Beat-wise, the track makes use of a straightforward kick/snare, but an intermittent filter keeps thing fresh, while a ringing synth stab keeps the drums in check. Secret Cinema has never been one for airy jazz-inspired motifs—and that's why the thumping kicks and droning basslines of "Shake" is the one to watch out for here.