Published Jun 22, 2015Octagon is the second by-product of Terriers' time in Berlin with eponymous house legend Levon Vincent. Putting a callout to would-be producers online, Vincent selected the duo from a slate of entrants, and on Octagon, it's easy to see why. Aside from their obvious talent, there is contiguity between Vincent's dark, driving house and the startlingly mature sounds displayed here.
That's not to say Terriers are a carbon copy; rather, the music they make shares the attention to detail and tempered atmospherics that Vincent has himself mastered. Their music is notably more self-conscious, with a layered throwback vibe akin to releases on Ron Morelli's L.I.E.S. Label. Throughout the EP, upbeat synth work lies underneath a few thin layers of distortion that settle nicely into a familiar driving chassis. None of the three tracks stand out in particular, as all they blur together into a pleasant, early evening club-vibe.
The hand of Levon Vincent is undoubtedly present in Terriers' second release, but it's more in the delivery of a complete quality record rather than any individual sonic trope. Octagon is a promising sign for the future and a seasoned slice of atmospheric house music in its own right. (Rhythm Nation Records)