Lake People – Point EP

Despite being relative newcomers to the underground House scene, Lake People demonstrate a maturity and depth to their sound with this 4-track EP. Following a similar aesthetic to Efdemin and Lawrence, these are tracks designed to be endearing through subtlety and musicality rather than more obvious hooks.

Point of Time’ sets the tone for the rest of the EP. It’s a slow building, hypnotic slice of melodic House. Despite never quite breaking out of its tight arrangement, there’s enough groove and feeling in the resonant keys, swirling pads and delicate rhythms to hold your interest.

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Tipping Point’ increases the energy levels slightly with its clattering hi-hats, stuttered bass and one-note vocal sample. Yet the overall feel is still one of depth and restraint, relying on the textured layers of reverberated keys and pads to add emotion and draw you in.

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Point of View’ quickly sits into a steady groove with its chunky kick and chugging bass. Here the layered pads are punctuated by acidic bells, vocal samples and gritty sound effects. It’s another uplifting, tripped-out piece of Electronica, perfect for the warm-up or afterparty.

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Hidden Point is the most atmospheric of the bunch. Deep pads and twinkling melodies are layered over a live-sounding percussion break-beat. Reverberated sound effects and a heavy bass take this cut down a darker path.

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The final track on the E.P; ‘Point Zero’ is more experimental and genre-defying, hinting at the versatility of Lake People’s sound design. Here, beautiful hypnotic chords are placed above a liquid break-beat. Chopped up vocal samples and dashes of static are twisted back and forth, whilst the groove changes tempo, stutters and fades out.

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Despite being cut from the same hypnotic fabric, there’s enough diversity between these tracks to make each stand out. The standard and variety of production hints at an exciting future for Lake People. These are not peak time club tracks, but if you like music with depth and feeling then you should definitely check this EP out.

4/5