Velvit - The Nudge EP
Best known as the drum & bass producer dBridge, Darren White has recently begun working with slower tempos as Velvit. Last year's Passing Encounter / Scarlett on Convex Industries was promising, with solid grooves and strong, meaty rhythms. But on the Nudge EP, his first for Electric Minds, White lives up to the sleekness of his new name with two clean, economical and rather lacklustre techno tracks. "Nudge" aims for ominous dub techno, but even though it's spacious, the kick is too flabby and the vocal snippet too wan to work, and it comes off sounding limp. The glassy stabs and crisp snares of the Detroit-influenced "The Act" are more interesting, though here, too, White favours function over finesse.