Friend Within brings precedent setting house music for HyperColour debut [EP Review]
Hypercolour has historically fuelled the digital market with the cream of the next generation talent pool. Latest to the table is Friend Within – the BBC Future Star from Liverpool making a lot of positive noise in the name of underground house music. Reassuringly, his four-track label debut is no self professed stab at hitting the right nerves of a buzz genre for 2014. We knew this off the back of 2013’s The Renegade EP for Method Records, but this time, the British breakout epitomizes what is exciting about the genre at present. Initiated with dreamy yet heavy-footed “The More,” the pace is set at a positive high courtesy of scratchy house cut “The Show.” It’s low end loving cut “The Trouble” that drags proud British house vibes into the equation, leaving the nostalgic EP namesake to top an otherwise flawless escape from the regurgitated sound of modern ‘deep house’ courtesy of this versatile display of club fundamentals. Four tracks down and scoped for some serious follow-ups in the months to come, Friend Within just might be Britain’s next untouchable contribution to house music.