On new label Birdie’s inaugural release, Trevino continues his remarkably consistent run of EPs. Standing out from the crowd that has gathered around the British Hardcore continuum’s fruitful embrace of the 4/4, Marcus Kaye expertly explores the Industrial side of House and Techno, proving his 2012 release on Ben Klock’s Klockworks label was no fluke.
Sure enough, the beat of opener ‘To The Core’ comes across like a blacksmith’s hammer repeatedly striking an anvil in the distance. Indeed, it’s a work of such exquisite care that you almost don’t notice how absolutely massive it will sound on a good system. Atmospheric yet with a pervasive sense of purpose, it’s the strongest track here and an apt mission statement for the EP. The following ‘Warmer’ is a floor-spacer, beginning atmospherically before bringing a plodding synth line into focus that recalls Coldwave if it weren’t so, er, cold, or the Chromatics if they aimed for the dancefloor rather than just romanticising it.
The ‘what it says on the tin’ song titles are indicative of Trevino’s aesthetic as a whole: expertly to-the-point, rather than predictable. ‘Playtime’ would seem to buck this trend as it opens side two, but its name surely refers to Trevino’s own mischievous delight rather than any obvious let-up for the crowd. Either way, the effect is the same, with a track that offers a satisfying speaker assault while retaining a rattling momentum. Dramatic synths build at the four-minute mark, but amount to more of a raised eyebrow than a raised curtain as Trevino settles back in to close out the track. ‘Mesmerise’ doesn’t suffer for declaring its aims either, its kick drum and snares recalling any number of ‘outsider house’ tracks but its melody leaving the field behind as it settles into a groove that is truly mesmeric. Trevino proves his mastery of his adopted form by conveying something of great force with great subtlety.
‘Birdie01’ is out now, buy it here.