- Though his discography includes almost ten solo 12-inches, Ben Micklewright, AKA BLM, is still very much a rising UK house talent. His productions are being released by increasingly reputable labels, while the imprint he co-runs, Fear of Flying, continues to extend its reach (a recent Nail reissue shifted 1,000 vinyl units, and they also repressed their first wax-only release). Micklewright's most recent solo endevour, the three-track Sudden Death, arrives on Secretsundaze, and oozes a kind of class few producers using similar tools are able to attain.
The dubby title track occupies the A-side, and is a straight-up peak time affair.
The tempo is set around 130, and its looped melody and blunt kick drum will be a handy tool for already heaving dance floors. "Chemistry" is the package highlight. Chord stabs interact with a subtle 303 squelch, while vocal snippets help strengthen the murky aesthetic Micklewright seems to be aiming for. "Brick" then closes the release with more one-note stabs, but falls a little flat due to an over ambitious melody. Luckily, DJs have more than enough ammunition with "Chemistry," a track that'll undoubtedly inject life into any set.
A Sudden Death