Mediate flaunt credible commercial house vibes for sophomore short-play offering [EP Review]
Until Disclosure broke the mold indefinitely, the idea of a middle ground between the radio A-lists and house-driven dance floors was often treated as a cultural gimmick. That was long before Manchester duo Mediate found their cue to breach the industry’s ‘best kept secret’ box, bearing an EP with a firmly woven agenda for giving commercial dance music the body and soul it so blatantly deserves.
Led by nostalgically charged A-side “Harder,” Suzy Alexander & Ant Hickman kick things into gear surprisingly fast, bringing with them an infectious argument for soaring pop vocals and warm organ work sharing the same shelf. While “All I Need” gives this well-acquainted suit a jackin’ low-end house extension, “Come Alive” is a calmer and far cooler take on the duo’s union of credible club etiquette and strong song writing. As a complete package, Mediate’s sophomore EP is sure to have many British dance enthusiasts scratching their heads as to how so many have got the formula for credible house music with a radio-friendly edge so wrong when, in Mediate’s hands, it sounds ever so right