Our next premiere comes to you from Rhythm Section aficionado, Contours. After the much acclaimed Loose Wood EP back in 2016, North West is the Manchester Producer’s second release for Shall Not Fade. North West is brimming with all the delicacies we have come to expect from a Contours EP: jazzy rhodes chords, tasty sax licks, and incredibly intricate polyrhythmic drum patterns.
Our choice cut from the EP is the title track, North West. The track opens with an airy repeating trumpet line that slowly rises much like the morning fog, as shimmering bells begin to sway around in the mix like a brisk gust on wind chimes. This eventually gives way to an entrancing conga pattern that pitters and patters like rain drops on a roof. Eventually a 2-step kick comes in and adds even further bounce to the track. On North West, Contours showcases his unique ability to fuse jazz and afro-beat influences into a pulsing, thought-provoking journey through a misty and grayscale terrain. Be sure to check out the full EP which you can purchase on vinyl or digital format here.