pearson sound

It’s been just over a year since Pearson Sound (birth name David Kennedy) dropped Clutch/Underdog/Piston on Hessle Audio– the label he runs with Pangea and Ben UFO but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a busy one for the London-based producer. Pearson Sound has done his first tour of South America, made multiple trips to North America, self-released his much-acclaimed REM EP and put together one of the more memorable Resident Advisor mixes in recent memory.

The Starburst EP (preview all three tracks below) seems to be another step of sure footing for a producer unafraid of dancefloor expectations in a climate far too full of producers checking off Beat Port tips for success. Kennedy’s more experimental rhythmic tendencies, which come back around to discernibly club-friendly territory, are pushed even further into analog-ish, brash, dark, abrasive soundscapes. “Lola” features hypnotic finger snaps and tambourines, as well as “Power Drumsss” pitch-bent snares have been floating around the airwaves since Kennedy delivered his aforementioned Resident Advisor mix earlier this spring (the latter also seeing airtime during Ben UFO’s recent Essential Mix) but Starburst’s raw punchiness is as new to us as the vinyl it’s pressed to. All in all, these have to be some of Kennedy’s most quality work to date. Power Drumsss alone would have my vote for single of the year, particularly after hearing it at 5 AM on one of Seattle’s most powerful sound systems during this year’s Decibel Festival. In fact, I’m still trying to get Royal Post to track both of my pre-order copies..

Listen below, purchase vinyl and/or download through Hessle Audio‘s Surus store.

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