We are living through a truly wonderful period of electronic music, where genres continue to fuse and sounds continue to evolve almost at will. This has of course given way to some of the most experimental sounds of there, with artists such as Bicep leading the way with their ethereal blend of sumptuous padded synthesizers and breaks-influenced drum creations. Down on the South coast however, there is another duo who are starting to raise a few eyebrows with their incredible, futuristic selection of creations, fusing breaks and garage with some truly immaculate results starting to appear.
We are of course talking about Cortese, who through their fantastic levels of consistency are starting to turn heads left right and centre. With their previous releases including a number of incredibly well received drops on Brighton’s Southpoint imprint, they have once again upped the levels, this time finding themselves with a sumptuous five track display of breaks-infused mastery on the ever-present Time Is Now imprint. Seeing the speed at which these guys are progressing so very exciting, and that’s before we even get into the tracks themselves.
We kick off our dive into this with one a closer look at the title track ‘Abbey Park’, which sets a very high standard from the off through its uniquely otherworldly sound design and gorgeous approach to harmonic structure. From here, their production capabilities become more and more apparent as we are met by some wonderfully sliced and diced vocal chops on ‘Where You At’ and some fabulously emotive string work on ‘Floaty’, which then switches the pace of the project nicely. Next, we are introduced to the EPs only collaboration as the general vibe of the project darkens with ‘Things That Make You Go Hmm?’, alongside fellow Brighton resident: Movement, before the outstanding harmonic displays and crystallised sound-design of ‘Figure 1’ close us out in supreme fashion.
It’s another top tier showing from Cortese, who if they weren’t already, have to be on your ones to watch list for the rest 2021.
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