- In April, when last we heard from Sheffield producer Liam O'Shea, he turned out four tracks of relatively winsome house for the reactivated Never Learnt label. Durga, the fourth release on DEXT, is tougher and more techno-leaning, and ends up packing more of a punch. The title track's booming kicks are an instant signpost of what's in store, though the sparse incoming percussion is less representative of a generally dense and atmospheric EP. It builds nicely all the same, and the late addition of swooping pads is a fitting payoff.
The Zenker Brothers keep a similar structure on their remix of the title track, but their drums are more abstract and chuggy. It makes for an interesting rework from the German pair, albeit one of limited use on the floor. "Sweatbox" and "Anzu" use similar sucker-punch kicks and ominous background textures. The former's layered, slow-build approach produces the EP's most satisfying headphone moment, while the latter lands on doomy warehouse techno.
A2 Sweat Box
B1 Durga (Zenker Brother Remix)