The opening two tracks are strongly in the broken beat vein. Mason opens with dreamy, Rhodes jazz over a bruk beat with rolling snare fills, lulling us into a false sense of security before switching to an offbeat but irresistible squelchy synth groove. Similarly, in Aye Ata the pulsing chord that slowly grows out of the beat suddenly turns the track around with a rhythmic twist, showing the playful broken beat in a whole new light.
There’s a house touch throughout the EP, none more so than in 1997, where a bouncing kick, soulful claps and a booming sub provide a steadier basis for laid back Rhodes chords and dreamy spoken word samples.
As a big influence on Danvers’ music, Frits Wentink is welcomed onto remix duty with open arms. The Wolf Music regular brings an otherworldly vibe to his take on 1997, with enchanting but almost disorienting chord swells and spiralling vocal fx punctuated with crisp snare rolls.
The ever-busy Danvers recently launched 38 East, a studio space and music community, with Warren Xclnce. Warren’s remix of 1997 was a surprise gift to his business partner and collaborator, and is a deeper house cut, Joe Armon-Jones’ (Brownswood) Rhodes jam over the track bringing a distinct Peckham flavour.
Listen to the full EP above and get your copy via Bandcamp.