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Theo Keating (aka Fake Blood) dropped a new EP yesterday, via the producer’s own label Blood Music – and it’s sounding pretty good.

For my money the pick of the three tracks is ‘Get Myself Together’. The track features a catchy female vocal hook and is reminiscent of Fake Blood’s early dancier numbers, seemingly a brighter, more upbeat sound than the majority of the tracks on 2012’s ‘Cells’ album.

Title track ‘Waiting‘ is much sparser and darker, with frenetic hi-hats providing a pleasant contrast to the minimalist bass and melody lines.

Third track ‘Tell me nothing‘ begins promisingly with a beat that’s straight out of the Modeselektor handbook, but fails to evolve into anything particularly outstanding, relying instead on a hook that fails to inspire.

A lot of the sampled beats and synth sounds on the EP are recognisable as recycled from the aforementioned album – this isn’t a criticism by the way but just means the tracks feel instantly familiar.  As such the EP is a welcome continuation of the run of good form Keating seemed to be on at the end of 2013.

HBF Rating 4/5

James Brown

is a musician/producer from the north-east of England, now residing in a charmingly frenetic area of north London. He is generally engrossed in music production under his Plainview moniker, and has a soft spot for old-school sci-fi novels with badly drawn covers. You can find him out and about in Dalston and Stoke Newington most weekends, or Djing at his residency for club night French Cafe. Feel free to contact James at james_philip_brown@yahoo.co.uk