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What is it about Wolverhampton duo Letherette that makes them such a constantly inviting prospect? Having released a fairly steady stream of EPs since 2010's EP1 - that for the most part have featured a delectable who's-who of remix contributors - it's arguably the experimentation that Richard Roberts and Andrew Harber have continually conducted, perhaps most notedly on 2013's eponymous debut full-length, that has seen them become synonymous with compelling productions.

Whatever the case may be, there's an inventiveness to the Letherette MO that has carried their work steadily forward over the past five years, and while latest EP Refresh unashamedly reinterprets certain sonic motifs from their colourful back catalogue, it does so to establish itself as a creative competitor in a scene saturated with like-minded offerings.

With opening salvo 'Rayon', a quasi-revivalist house cut that comes in at just over four-and-a-half minutes, Letherette recall not only the anthems of the New Jersey/New York garage scene by way of Todd Terry or Kerri Chandler, but the infectiously succinct dance floor moments from their 2013 debut LP - minus the well-documented Daft Punk leanings or overtly digitalised cut-ups. What results is a lush excursion of warm, jazz-soaked synths atop a driving, loose beat that were it not for the 4/4 rhythm, might fall away to the kind of breaks that have punctuated the Ninja Tune oeuvre since its inception.

What begins to become abundantly clear though as you move further into Refresh is that Letherette have spent considerable time trying to achieve that artful, deep and rolling club-ready haze that they never really seemed to fully commit to on previous recordings. 'Look No More', a prime example, is a tight, pulsing, Panorama Bar future-favourite of a track that treats samples as well-placed building blocks within its melody. Swollen pads parry disco-claps, propelling the listener forward to an atmospheric break that's likely the result of the lads agreeing to give us a chance to catch our breath.

Similar rules apply for 'Without You', in that the house-histrionics crescendo seamlessly in tandem with a slow-moving, emotive bass-line until the track breaks mid-way for an ethereal, 'hands-in-the-air' moment of reflection - a feature that Letherette haven't typically opted for in the past but works well here. It should be said too that although there's nothing to explicitly suggest that Letherette are seeking recognition beyond their established fanbase, in creating a track as silky smooth as 'Without You', they've got themselves the marketable cut to do so - and that certainly wouldn't be a bad move.

More importantly, in terms of evolution, Refresh marks a commendable point of no return for Letherette. Even when listening to EP closer 'Don't Think About Me' and its frequently angular, funk-based synth stabs or its sharp percussive flourishes, it's still a far cry from anything they've produced over the past three - four years, and, while allowing for a little backtracking to the likes of 'Warstones' or 'D&T' for the sake of pace-setting, 'Don't Think About Me' points to a distinctly contradictory trail to the one first blazed by Letherette in 2010.

A remarkable release, Refresh does for Letherette exactly what its title suggests, and while it has been said that nobody ever really likes change, everybody likes progress.

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