Velocity is a DJ and producer from Tokyo, who has hooked up with the legendary Makoto’s Human Elements label for the release of his new Night Owl EP.
The new EP begins with the smooth and seductive Night Owl. This one slides and shimmers into life, guiding you through the underground evening. Touches of jazzy bass and horns lead into a tight but relaxed beat and shifting samples. Let this one take you into Velocity’s world. The Moonstone Theme meanwhile, uses rushy breaks to underpin its expansive, liquid feelings, before layers of piano, guitar and strings add to the picture. This one’s sunny and summery despite its name.
The third track, Fossa Magna, explores some deeper depths, beginning with an insistent key line which leads up to a stinging breakbeat and eerier dropping effects. Headnodding and involving, Fossa...sees Velocity open his inventory of different moods and emotions, whilst still keeping with the vibe of the EP. That vibe is continued on Lost Technology, a rangy, emotive effort which continues the voyage into the unknown, dancing down rabbit holes and even injecting some neurofunk into the mix. Percussion runs, creepy synths and booming basslines guide the way to ensure you don’t get completely Lost inside the Technology.
Closer Black Drop Effect brings things out into the light again, as the producer drops a smooth beat which builds throughout. Sprightly keys bounce off the top of the track, lodging things firmly in your brain and moving your feet all night.
Make sure you catch the many flavours of the new Night Owl EP from Velocity, forthcoming on Human Elements.