The UK duo show their softer side.
Cyber, Smith and Priestley's second solo EP, following June's Still Hope, shows signs that they're gelling in the studio. The EP presents three versions of the title track, two of which are club-ready. "House Pass," the record's clear standout, is light and summery, with a perfectly weighted bassline purring beneath a Balearic tapestry of hazy chants and glassy melodies. It's hard to picture anything but a flaming sunset. "Cosmic Slide," more understated and a touch trippier, builds a pleasant groove from warped vocals and woody percussion. The duo miss a trick by not making smarter use of the cheery melody that appears, all too briefly, more than five minutes in. The beatless "Ambient Sax Mix," on the other hand, could have reined in its centrepiece. It shares many of its sounds with "House Pass," but where that track kept its emotions in check, this one lets rip, unleashing a loud and extravagant sax line that will make you wince, no matter how idyllic the setting.