A breakthrough EP from an exciting young producer.
A lunging beat and outrageous chord progression make "Red Curtain Daybreak" feel engineered for festival stages. It's hulking and catchy, striking an unusual balance between techno and EDM. (That's not a bad thing.) "Devil May Cry" has a steelier four-on-the-floor rhythm, but the chords are as outsized as ever. Henning Baer gives that track a German-sounding techno makeover with a planet-sized kick drum.
Red Curtain Daybreak's most intriguing track is beatless. "Cruel Optimism" highlights Gomez's ear for melody and build-up, which can sometimes get lost amid his thrashing kick drums. This one is fuzzy, beatless emo-trance, like early James Holden updated for 2019. "Cruel Optimism" rounds off a 12-inch that feels like a breakthrough for this young producer.