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Studio Pads

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Edward Straight out the gate the horns set off what is an impressive ride on Studio Pads, the hypnotic drums being the head nodding highlight for me. Murmur brings that mellow high with woven textures and bird sounds to wind down or start the day. Been hooked on that Dance music since the Four Tet & Jamie xx Essential Mix from nearly five years ago where Still set that mix off. In the club or at home, in search of dynamic drums or softer sounds, this brilliantly balanced 24-bit Dance release bangs.
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Studio Pads 05:05
Murmur 05:40


Blank Mind founder Sam Purcell returns to Blank Mind following a production mix for Blowing Up the Workshop and SMX collaborations.

'Studio Pads' thumps through at a bossy 117bpm, a sound system march that takes cues from early Chicago house as much as contemporary UK bass. Built on a gnarly two-note main riff, peppered with horn blares, it's minimal and primed for strutting and skanking.

On the B-side, 'Murmur' provides a sweet, pastoral contrast, the warmth of sun on skin. Dropping the tempo, birdsong recordings play back sidechained to a sub bass groove, Detroit chords refract through tight delays, and everything is kept in the pocket by syncopated hi-hats. 

Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin

Text by Steve Shaw

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released February 3, 2020


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