Francis Harris and DJ Aakmael link up on this emotional split EP.
The record opens on an upbeat note with Aakmael's "Deep Muzik," which is driven by intersecting synth lines and sparse but syncopated percussion. There are whispers of Joey Anderson in the freewheeling keyboard noodles that float over the latter half, which has a refreshing color-outside-the-lines quality. Frank's "Part Song" is another highlight, especially the glassy, vibrating harmonics in the synths, the audio equivalent of sunlight refracting through a marble. With its long, beatless breakdown, it's probably an early-night option for DJs, though it'll definitely get dancers loosened up for what comes next. Aakmael's remix takes it closer to peak hour, with a tastefully funky bassline and drums that command your attention. On their collaboration, "Mercy Of Means," each producer does what they do best. Aakmael's ear for melody and Frank's textural touch give you emotional house music that's artfully rendered.