TIJN has featured on plenty of labels by now, making a name for himself as a prolific producer of deep, groovy minimal. The catalogue continues to grow with It Is What It Is EP.
Arno returns to our pages swiftly after his most recent premiere a few months back. His Easy Does It remix of ‘It Is What It Is’ lifts the emphasis of the punching bassline felt in the original and instead brushes in a deeper texture. The melody is stripped back, one bar of a simple groove rolling to attention beneath a constant layer of misted synth. It feels organic, atmospheric and it’s a real treat on the ears.
As energies bubble and soft melodies converse, percussion tabs between fuzzing minimalism and sharp, tapping snare. A dreamy vocal completes the pleasantly trippy ambiance that envelopes the track and thus the mind becomes massaged in tantalising fashion.
TIJN’s three originals cover the rest of the record. The title track has a defined, pumping bassline with more obvious melodies than its remixed counterpart; the focus is brought back to starting the party. ‘It’s Alright’ packs punch from all angles, with an infectious vocal and deep, tribal rhythms. ‘Pico Power’ is a bit more playful, lighter, all the while oozing groove.
This is a great EP, full of flavour and it will surely be celebrated over at the Ubiyu event series in Texas, USA next month. They’ll be joined by Andrey Pushkarev and Chad Andrew as the much-needed revival continues.