Bristolʼs FourTwenty releases Deepgrooveʼs ʻPoemsʼ EP this May, backed with remixes from Glimpse and Duncan Crane. Although much is made of Bristolʼs house scene in recent years FourTwenty has, alongside the likes of NRK, been breaking ground in 4/4 circles for over a decade and has seen the likes of Glimpse, Locodice, Two Armadillos and many more deliver output.
Deepgrooveʼs ʻPoemsʼ marks an end to a brief hiatus for FourTwenty and does so with a fair amount of weight as the fellow Bristolians turn in one of their best works yet. In ʻPoemsʼ, sturdy, bass-led house meets Asian instrumentation samples and breathy vocals to create a strange but compelling track with a nod to its creator’s heritage and living experiences. Glimpseʼs version of ʻPoemsʼsees the London producer revisit his love of the sort of dub techno aesthetics that he displayed on his ʻRunnerʼ LP for Crosstown Rebels, while adding a fractured, twisting arrangement. The final mix returns to Bristol with a remix from Ulterior Motives, a veteran of the cityʼs DJ scene. Bottom heavy and relentless itʼs a remix that manages to balance its lively dancefloor appeal with a hypnotic depth.