Ownglow – A Walk to Remember EP (Hospital)
Posted by Dan on 4th September 2016
Having started out over in the US state of Arizona, Ownglow’s Walk To Remember has taken him right across the pond, and landed him in the UK with a release on one of the biggest labels in drum and bass right now. And what a release it is!
The EP begins with a bang with the heavenly Angels Sing. I remember hearing this for the first time on London Elektricity’s Hospital Podcast many months ago now, and I can honestly say I got completely lost in it, replaying it over and over. It is substantial and deep, yet very delicate, making it perfect for a packed room full of ravers, or a cosy evening listen with lights dimmed and eyes closed. I could go on praising every little detail of this track, but that just wouldn’t do this song justice. Just listen for yourselves…
Following this comes Stress & Strain, a fantastic roller pleasantly reminiscent of some old Logistics records, in which big alarm-type synths are combined with sweet chimes and an excellent vocal sample. The Night is Still Young meanwhile is a bouncy little number, with weighty drums and a bassline that just won’t keep still, accompanied well by the gorgeous vocals of singer-songwriter Blake. A drum breakdown about two thirds of the way through this track is an unexpected surprise that really does it for me. Finishing the EP is yet another divine piece of drum and bass, Only U (Real Quick). Featuring a cheeky vocal intro which names the track, it then develops into a beautiful summer anthem, a celebratory soundtrack for those last rays of sun before winter hits.
This EP is a class record, and establishes Ownglow as a force to be reckoned with. Every single track here is glorious, and for an artist so young to be releasing his debut EP on such a label as Hospital is a tremendous feat, to be congratulated.