Published May 11, 2016A string of EPs mark the path of London's DVA since his first full-length release back in 2012, but while his new album shares the same dance floor dynamic as prior releases, it's still fairly distinct.
Take It All plays around with a lot of stop-start rhythms, and though each track is notably different from the last, DVA maintains a sense of cohesive mastery throughout. The EP navigates dance floor bangers like "Take It All" and "Worst" (the former the only track to incorporate lithe vocals, juxtaposed nicely amongst unexpected low-end dips), then blithely moves into the industrial-tinged "Soundcheck," a track rife with kicks and claps, clanging cymbals and spacious blips and bleeps until it's disrupted by a luscious, 15-second luscious interlude that shifts the soundscape halfway through the track.
"Worst (Sinjin Hawke Remix)" keeps the grime-y warble of bass that peppers the original, while the remainder of the track is a mixture of ostentatious brass and sporadic 8-bit musings. It's all undeniably DVA — with a bit of a twist. (Hyperdub)