"Thick & Thin" is one of the best house cuts of late summer. A skipping, almost 2-step drum loop is enveloped in warm, big-room pads that build throughout, underlined by vocals that sneak in and take charge halfway through. It strikes a perfect balance between deep, sun-drenched day listening and late night room filler. It's a shame it comes a little too late in the season to gain "summer anthem" status. But maybe that's a good thing, as we know how quickly tracks given such a title can become tired.
Sydenham brings his trademark New York kick-and-snare to "Mogadishu Nights (Pt. 1)," as the duo combine dark, dramatic strings with jangling piano licks that keep the track moving forward. On the second part, the drums are given more room to breathe. Bongo and snappy snare hits roll in over the top, adding a chunkier feel to a more driven, carnival-inspired track.
Debuting on Argy's contribution to the D. Edge series in June, "Dope Track" is a collaboration with Ibadan labelmate DJ Said. The US-based Said brings some San Fran attitude to the track, as tough-talking upfront vocal snippets bounce off a robust drumbeat. Knee-jerk, industrial stabs present the track's intention to get right up in your face, while tugging aggressively at your hips. It's the grittiest tip on quite an upbeat EP.