Over the past few years Huxleys name has been on everyones lips in the house scene, following a string of deep house and garage-infused tracks for labels like Hypercolour, Tsuba and 20:20 Vision. His sound is incredibly distinctive, its swung rhythms rooted in UK garage, accompanied by diced vocals and chords that hark further backward toward originators like MK and Todd Edwards.
Huxley’s latest release offers three subtly different takes on his sound. Lead track ‘Lost Love’ is stark and electronic, pairing swing percussion with keys that trickle upward through the beat. It’s elevated further by shimmering synth licks that ripple across its surface and mark it out immediately in the mix. ‘Who Am I’ has been all over house dancefloors and Rinse FM recently, its downpitched vocal sample buffeted by thick organ chords. ‘Walk 2 U’ rounds off the package with one of Huxley’s most explicitly garage-leaning productions to date, opening with a pirouetting two-step beat reminiscent of El-B, before a four-to-the-floor kickdrum halfway through transforms the track into a burning peak-time anthem. [info from label]