ARTIST (S):Ben balance
TITLE:No More Office EP
LABEL:SOI009 | Sukhumvit 6

A1. Tough Light
A2. Move Them
B1. Soft Chord
B2. Code Language 68

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Next up on Sukhumvit Records is the label boss himself with his first and absolutely smashing solo EP – No More Office. Being a part of the Mannheim based BE9 collective, Ben Balance created a label with a rather groovy, house oriented but still very minimalistic approach.

So there it is: ‘Tough Light’ strikes just a lightning – charged with a vibrant energy and intensity the track is definitely one for the dancefloors. Even after a long dancing break this one would make me get up again and move again. ‘Move them’ seems to prolong the journey of ‘Tough light’. Similar elements are applied, just as the chiming bells it has the signature groove and push that really wants to move them. On the flip side we find ‘Soft Chord’ where many little quirking elements are dominating the piece, creating complex layers but and easy rhythm. ‘Code Language 68’ owns a repetitive melody alongside non routine components that lead to a melody driven, complex but powerful last track. To be noted is the variety of vocal timbres and colours, as well as the subtle mix of female and male voices used in every track which creates and builds up more tension and pace.

words: Jules Richer