Avalon Emerson – Let Me Love & Steal

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A third release of the year from Spring Theory presents a young Avalon Emerson with ‘Let Me Love & Steal’. An exciting talent on the decks, this San Francisco born DJ is looking to unleash this flair onto her brand new EP. A recent relocation to Berlin from the young DJ has had a noticeable influence upon the production of this record. Although this city’s infamous, vibrant club culture has indeed affected the outcome of this EP, it still encompasses that familiar pumping house sensation that has been sweeping the nation in recent years.

The title track introduces itself with a short, catchy vocal sample that is present throughout the song; feeling right at home on the dance floors of some basement venue in the early hours of the morning. Somewhere in between tech-house and progressive house, the euphoria of this ethereal four-to-the-floor bass drum driven hard-hitter produces a fantastic sense of tension for the majority of its six minute tenure. Various other attractive short riffs and reverberating drum hits join you on the journey towards the end of this version and onto the ‘Triple Scorpio Mix’. Immediately feeling like a tighter, more percussion driven track, this version gives you a whole new perspective on the original. While still retaining a techno style ambiance to the whole piece, the samples and melodies take somewhat of a backdrop in the overall production. Both are similarly enjoyable in slightly different ways but wouldn’t feel out of place being played in the same mix.

The B-side of this record takes form in the way of ‘Honest Gangster’. A much more industrial touch has been given to this track and you can certainly sense that a few late nights in Berlin has tarnished the production of this particular piece. There is still a dream-like environment to the overall sensation of ‘Honest Gangster’, while the distorted bass line and unfathomable spoken word sample (apparently taken from answer phone message) provide an assured degree of intensity. A trancelike arpeggio riff is introduced around halfway through the track and introduces more of an ambient impression back into the EP. Said arpeggio is stripped from the rest of the track for the final episode of the record; the aptly named ‘Honest Gangster (Arpapella)’. With a noticeable degree of frequency modulation and delay, this track will make itself right at home at the beginning or end of your set – or perhaps even a slight break in the middle.

A very well-rounded EP overall that will intrigue and immerse the listener with plenty of material that would sit nicely in most forms of what we widely regard as house music these days.