Alongside fellow Welshman The Organ Grinder, Chesus has become a bellwether for Gerd's 4lux, rolling classic house themes in the dirt before serving them up. Two of Elevation's four tracks are sample-heavy and discofied, the kind of thing you'd maybe hear at peak-time in The Box at Ministry Of Sound, while the others are snarling 4 AM house. "Jump" is typical of the former, riding on a set of granite-heavy kicks before a funk slap bass and electric piano sparks the glitterball into life. The string-sampling "Intergalactic Jam" is cut from the same cloth, a finger-clicking high tempo number that treads the same sort of ground that Detroit Swindle have been blazing a trail across in recent times.
The yang to these tracks' yen are the oppressive "Bootsy's Nightmare," where submarine pulses and a fast tempo combine to build a stifling atmosphere, and the EP's best moment, its title cut. This is the most vicious, stripped-back thing here—ever more brutal kick drums merge with a tip-tap death rattle and spiky synths. Chesus, it seems, is at his best when he's playing nasty.
B1 Intergalactic Jam
B2 Bootsy's Nightmare