Completing a triptych of fantastic LPs for 2016, Will Saul's Aus Music is delighted to announce the debut full length from Youandewan. The Berlin based Brit's ten track There Is No Right Time lands in October 2016 and shows a distinct development of his musical style.
Youandewan is Ewan Smith, a DJ and producer who has quietly but consistently gone about forging his own tender brand of deep house. He has been doing so since 2009 and most recently settled on this label with tracks that are shy but seductive, and full of both motive and emotive forces. This album stays true to that narrative, but sees Ewan finding his feet with his most accomplished and elegant work to date.
A swelling, expansive piece of melodic atmospherics starts things off, then the soft hues of analog chords bring a neon glow to the weightless whirl of "Be Good To Me, Poly." Soaring synths marry with a raw drum and bass combo on "Waiting for L," then "Time To Leave (Can't Mix)" resets to a piano laced beatdown vibe that is wilfully wallowing. "10405 (Alice)" is a shimmering, crescendoing piece, and from there the second half of the album begins to take an upward and optimistic swing through the floating, graceful harmonies of "Our Odyssey."
"Something Keeps Me Real Quiet" is a concession to the ‘floor with its rusted electro slither, "Left On Lucy" calls upon friend Huerta for a hi-tech soulful house cut Derrick May would be proud of, and "Earnest Kelly" nods to the ‘80s with its stomping retrosynthesis. Finally, "4D Anxiety" allows all the pent up emotion and energy to dissipate with a playful hip-hop jam effortlessly tapped out on an MPC.
There Is No Right Time is a listening album which proves that deep house done well needn't be reserved for the club. It's a vulnerable and musical work that stays with the listener long after the final chords have dissipated.