2 Drums In A Pad proves to be the first effort from the newly emerged, and mysterious imprint P & D Records. With P Relief on the A-side and ‘D’ (AKA Diego Herrera/Suzanne Kraft) taking care of the flip, it’s a deep and introspective release offering engaging textured pieces and ambient abstractions with a hint of cheekiness.

The Ep’s eponymous opener sees P Relief setting out its stall with slowly emerging intergalactic synth patches. The track is as playful as it is somehow nostalgic – ends of bars are marked with Sonic-sounding skids and Rustie slap bass tones invoke memories of the Green Hill Zone. A fusion of hissing hi-hats and thumping kick give the track the untz needed to propel it forward in a club environment, as playful dog woofs give added grain and remind of the mischief caused on cheap Casio keyboards in year 5 music classes.

The drum work of A2’s ‘El Niño’ drips in reverb as conga slaps, hats and muted claps weave in and out of Chicago-inspired basslines. Slow organs set the tone for a rich environment full of constantly evolving motifs and phrase mutations. The inclusion of late track glissando pipes add an extra-terrestrial quality to the track.  

‘City Boy’ kicks of D’s side, offering a heavily textured aural alloy held together by a synth refrain that sings for the track’s duration. Steady hi-hats in sixteenths give cohesion to the soundscape as elements lace, knit and twist in and out of each other for the full six and a half minutes. What stands out in ‘City Boy’, however, is the mix down – the production is crisp, and subtle as claps and mechanical trills that could otherwise overpower sit harmoniously in the blend alongside well-tamed 303 acid bass output. The EP is brought to a close with an ‘Ambient Mix’, providing all the joys of it’s B1 brethren in a beatless, ambient form – one for the chill out room.

PD001 is out now on P & D Records – buy the vinyl here.

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