DANIEL RAY – MARLBORO STATION (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)
January 22nd, 2014
Daniel makes a welcome return to Eyepatch with his four tracker ‘Marlboro Station’. His last outing ‘Lofty EP’ showcased his skills beautifully and now we are treated to more of this superb talent.
First up we have the title track ‘Marlboro Station’ which sets off with a very cool kick and percussion arrangement before a wonderful plucky bass takes over the sound. An array of metallic sounding FX adds a stark tech twist to the sound, this is contrasted by the occasional warm pad and synth note adding smooth textures, great stuff.
‘Brighthouse’ goes deeper with a smooth house vibe built in alongside elements of techno. The intro boasts a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi, warm house keys soon filter through and blend well with the more techy edged FX that peek through. A well rounded deep bass makes a show and the track topped off with some very strong piano riffs, top quality track.
Up next is ‘Water Tunnel’ with a gritty intro made up of cool percs and a thumpy kick. Raw sounding FX start to take over the sound as a stunning bassline builds the momentum. Again we see some fine deep piano chords coming through with a contrasting strings and pads. A superb guitar also accompanies the piano and makes for a fantastic deep tech house ride, brilliant!
‘Fallen Star’ takes things deep with a stunning array of sounds on offer. Tight drums and percussions set the scene beautifully as a backdrop to some expertly crafted synth keys that dominate throughout. All these sounds are complimented with a deep rooted bass and a myriad of sweeping FX, quite an amazing sound with an almost laidback, chilled groove.