Melodic house and techno.
Brame & Hamo - Pressure EP
Last year, Brame & Hamo, the Irish duo of Tiarnan McMorrow and Conor Hamilton, released a track called "Roy Keane" (he's a hot-headed, straight-talking ex-footballer, for those who don't know) that was the biggest of their career so far. Unlike the man himself, "Roy Keane" was fun, easygoing and full of romance, a track that would have been called "funky house" if it had come out 20 years ago. So what, you might ask, is the deal with "Pressure," the synthy techno lead track from this latest EP on the duo's label? Well, another thing to know about Brame & Hamo is they have decent range. They basically operate within house music, but over the past five years that's included stuff that's leaned towards garage, techno, progressive and soulful sounds.
With "Transit" and "Dial Up," they can now add hardcore to that list. There are echoes of Tessela's fusions of hardcore and techno from a few years back, but McMorrow and Hamilton are much more interested in chasing epic moments than the UK producer. Epic is also an apt way to describe the synth part that eventually emerges on "Dial Up," which if it turned out to be a private tribute to some '90s trance cut I wouldn't be surprised. "Pressure" is painted with similar colours as the other two tracks but it's straighter and less obviously fixed on nostalgia. It would be a stretch to call anything here truly novel, but, as Brame & Hamo's increasingly busy touring schedule suggests, what they do is proving highly effective.