Alex Jones is one artist currently riding high on every level. As one half of ‘the management’ at Hypercolour (alongside Jamie Russell) and one half of techno twins Dense & Pika, Alex strikes solo once again for the ‘Antigua EP’.
Title track, ‘Antigua’, holds a slightly jazzy theme, chopping up stabs over a hefty kick/tom pattern and rough and ready hats. The second half of the track pounds that extra level, as the jazz stabs get dubbed out for a decent late night sweaty basement jam.
‘Igor’ blends gospel vocal samples and menacingly booming beats to maximum effect, the use of lazy piano chords giving it a softer edge, but without compromise to the swinging groove, wandering bass and punch of this lead track.
EP closer, ‘Frizza’ gets proper twisted, lightning bolts of FX and mangled vox lash out over another on point and heavyweight drum pattern, perhaps closest to the Dense & Pika style on this cut.
The ‘Antigua EP’ finds Alex really hitting his stride, recent releases for Hotflush and remixes for Paul Woolford (as Dense & Pika) plus previous Hypercolour efforts have put him in good stead to become the dependable tech-master he is today.
Selected DJ reactions
Maya Jane Coles – One of the best EPs I’ve heard from Alex!
Alan Fitzpatrick – this is fucking lush! wouldn’t expect anything less. will play it at berghain this weekend.
James Zabiela – Igor is ace, thank dudes!
Jimpster – Really love the vibe on Antigua. Clever track that gets right under your skin. Will be giving it a spin this weekend. nice one.
Franck Roger – nice ep here will push it for sure
Laurent Garnier – Raw and super funky — 3 very good tracks, Will play ANTIGUA everywhere
Trikk – massive, been playing “Frizza” a lot
D’Julz – sick tracks!
Trevino – tis good yaaaaaa!!!
Rob Da Bank – boshingly beautiful! love this
Altern-8 – proper nice deep jazzy style on Antigua – all three work
Tom Middleton – Heavy and twisted..Frizza!
Nick Warren – Igor is a killer
Alex Boman – absolutely beautiful!!!! impossible to pick a fav! it all comes together for me here, the deep harder techno-ish sounds of dense & pika with the emotionally charged music of alex’s earlier solo releases. LOVE IT! ok i guess the playfulness of antigua hits me hardest
Rocky (X-Press 2) – All good. Think Igor is my fave. Will play this week.