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The last time we caught up with the genre-bending bit-shifting electro wizard knob-twizzler, Groundislava (aka Jasper Patterson), he'd just released his eponymous debut to critical acclaim. Since then the Wedidit Collective torchbearer and Friends of Friends mainstay surpassed himself with follow up LP Feel Me, which managed to somehow conjure emotional resonance despite its clinical constituents. Now two more years have passed and he's gearing up for his third full-length project A Frozen Throne with this 'byte-sized' four track EP.

And it really is little more than an e-snack to keep us going. Consisting of just three original cuts and a 'dub', which is almost indistinguishable from the title track (minus a few echoes), there really isn't much new material to play with.

Opener 'Feel The Heat' is misleadingly titled, since aesthetically it's very reminiscent of a cool, melancholy Roger Sanchez era dance anthem (think 'Another Chance'). The bold effects on the face of it firstly feel too obvious and calculated, but given time the track actually builds into a reluctant foot-tapper, with a pleasingly sorrow-tinged ambience.

Unfortunately the follow up 'Reflex Engine' fails to hit the same spot. Always one to knowingly tread the thin line between Boiler-Room 'cool' and Mario on a Saturday afternoon 'nerd', Groundislava has come dangerously close to what is known today as PC Music. Ultimately, the track is a digital equivalent of the neighbour's weeping, drenched kitten tapping away at your kitchen window to no avail.

Thankfully, 'October Acid' captures the same atmospheric eminence that 'Feel Me' harnessed quite ambitiously. By incorporating elements of big-room dance music and outer space electro, everything's in place for it to soundtrack raves across the globe - but suddenly it's over - after just two and a half minutes. An annoyingly enticing teaser and hopefully a taste of what's to come on A Frozen Throne, representing everything likeable about Groundislava while pushing the boundaries and sounding fresh.

Overall, it's reassuring to see an electronic artist stick to their guns and create what they want to create as opposed to jumping on trends. Although the EP doesn't feel as well thought out as it could have been, there are promising signs for the forthcoming LP so long as the emotion conjuring remains and it doesn't end up sounding like sonic algebra.

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