A new release off the electronic label Ingredients, this three track EP signifies Eveson releasing from another outlet and flexing his versatile musical muscles. Eveson has already shown offerings from other names such as V-Recordings and Creative Source, and with this new display on Ingredients he looks ready to start attacking the bigger scene. With links to both Glastonbury and Bristol and a love for atmospheric and ‘moody’ drum and bass, there’s hope for some exciting things here.
The EP opens with the single collaboration track titled ‘Grey Dawn’, with the guest spot going to Halogenix from Ivy Lab. It’s a good ambient-tinged track, easing the listener in with a solid welcome of identifiable beats and washing melodies. The vocals are a nice touch in the early parts of the track, and are switched out at regular intervals to allow for some space to play with the synths. The building of layers is calming to listen to, with each new ingredient added slotting into place like another piece of a puzzle. By the time the track reaches the halfway mark, there’s a great balance and steady control, it’s quite easy to lose yourself in the bass here. There’s a build up around two thirds into the track that lasts possibly a touch too long, with some pretty distorted and crackly effects. There is no doubt that this is an intended effect, but it does build to a point where it’s almost uncomfortable to experience – although perhaps this is not an ideal track to be played through headphones, rather finding it’s home in a large outdoor-based speaker system. This does make the title of the track slightly amusing when it’s in this writer’s opinion that rather than sounding like a grey dawn it’s more of a warm summer dusk. This is the kind of track that should be used to warm up the dance floor in some of the festival tents this summer, it has defined beats to it with some nice breaks, but lacks the power that some of the hard hitting bigger tunes this year showcase.
The second track, named ‘A Dystopian Romance’, instantly feels like the same kind of D’n’B beats heard from acts like Memro, which is by no means a bad thing. The vocals play a much more central point in this track, adding a wholly more progressive vibe to the sound. The use of female vocals in tracks like these can be more beneficial in creating an ambient edge, artists such as Soundmouse have proven this fact in multiple collabs. While the vocalist here is not named, the echoing drifts of her voice touch on artists like an early Phaeleh (also from the same area and genre of Eveson), certainly before the drums drop back in four minutes in. The samples used here are clean, to the point of surgical in places; there are no distractions from a technical standing to pull you away from the overall atmosphere ‘Romance’ creates. The track kicks off hard, builds you up and engulfs you in summer vibes and more of the haze of dusk that ‘Grey Dawn’ introduced. The only criticism that comes to mind is in fact the ending. All good things must come to an end for sure, however the final breaths of this track feel a bit too quick, like the last few bars were an afterthought that simply needed to be done. Whilst being better than the generic fade-out, stripping the track to it’s drums and then leaving it could be considered a bit weak after the superb strength of the main body from Romance.
The final track – ‘Deluge’ – is a strange one for this EP. It’s got a much slower pace than it’s brothers, the breakbeats being replaced by a simplified rhythm. The vocals return, but they now feel almost lo-fi compared to the rest of the piece, which creates a separation of the two layers. It’s a different style to be sure, but perhaps played on slightly too much. The gentler rhythm gives this track more of a post-dawn feel, something you might hear after the party has peaked with the sun on the rise. At points the drums almost sound awkward in their spacing, slightly off centre but always returning to on point. It’s not as significant a track compared to the other two on this EP, but if the point is to show creative difference then ‘Deluge’ certainly delivers comparatively, it’s certainly more of a slow burner than the other two by any means.
Overall, this is a really nice offering from Eveson, it’s just in time for the summer sun with some ciders and stretch tents. Over the course of the three tracks it delivers all three times of party – ‘Grey Dawn’ bringing us to the build up, ‘Dystopian Romance’ hitting us when our endorphins are high, and ‘Deluge’ helping us glide back to Earth when the sun is on the horizon. It’s well structured with the tracks in this order, making for a great overall listen, and works better as an EP than individual tracks; the flow is beneficial in it’s own way for each piece. Eyes will be peeled for more from this artist.