|Man of the moment, Dale Howard, drops his ‘No Limits’ EP via, Audiojack’s, Gruuv label, this August, made up of three original tracks from the Brit producer.
Dale Howard has had a fantastic few years and 2013 is seemingly looking even more promising for the budding young producer, looking back over his catalogue, Howard, has ticked many of the necessary boxes for a fruitful career in electronic music, with number 2 & 3 positions in the Beatport, Deep House overall charts, and singles for the likes of Noir, OFF, Local Talk, Morris Audio and Fear Of Flying. Now Dale adds Gruuv to that impressive list, further showcasing his infectious, classic meets contemporary house sound via the imprint, yet another cracking signing from the Audiojack duo who head up the label.
The release kicks off with, ‘Limit’, a rough and ready house workout, employing crunchy, shuffled rhythms, an insistent stab sequence and low-pitched vocals licks, to lay the foundations. While rounded sub bass tones, sporadic resonant acidic licks and subtle filter work creates a flourishing dynamic and raw energy for the record, the outcome being an astoundingly on-point modern house track, taking influence from the history of this style, while driving things forward.
Up next is ‘Half Of Nothing’, which takes things a little deeper, yet maintains the house aesthetic of the preceding track, Howards opts for shimmering piano chords, soulful vocal lines and straight 4/4 drum programming this time. While the Garage tipped bass line, swirling electronic sounds and heavy processing then carry the weight of the movement.
Lastly to close the single is, ‘Shatter’, and as the name would suggest the final cut packs a punch, Dale stays on a more stripped tip this time, with the focus being put on the drums and hooky bass line, while intermittent vocals, and slow-blooming ethereal pads add character and tension to the layout, rounding off the package as a heavy-hitting three tracker
1. Limit (Original Mix)