Recommended: Leon Vynehall – Open

2013 has been a busy year for Leon Vynehall. Not content solely with working his way through a hectic touring schedule, the Brighton producer has also spent considerable time in the studio with releases on both AUS Music and Well Rounded Housing Projects this year. Coming courtesy of Martyn’s 3024 imprint, the Open EP forms the latest addition to Vynehall’s increasingly impressive discography.

Opener “I Get Mine, You Get Yours” kicks off the four track EP in fine fashion; its’ pounding drum pattern the platform for abrasive synth stabs, morphed horns and an eerie and barely decipherable vocal snip.  It’s the second track – “Step or Stone” (Breath or Bone” – which is the star turn here however. A menacing vocal is powered along by stomping percussive strikes while the winding, jarring synth melody is unquestionably infectious. A perfect big room weapon.

The frenetic nature of the A-side is eased somewhat by “I Know Your Face, Heroine”. The EP’s third cut is noticeably calmer, awash with soothing keys and a deep bassline. It only proves to be brief respite however with “XVII (Rox Out)” upping the ante once again. This time clipped vocals accompany a punching percussive beat that is guaranteed to get fists pumping and feet moving. Less conventional than the other tracks, it’s a perfect exhibit of what separates Vynehall from some of his peers as he continues to reinterpret familiar formulas in idiosyncratic yet perfectly club-friendly ways. Vynehall has certainly been on something of a hot streak lately and Open no doubt continues the producer’s upward trajectory.

Stream: Leon Vynehall – Open EP (3024)

Leon Vynehall’s “Open” EP is out now on 3024.

Matt Gibney