The most interesting facet of T. Williams’ music, and especially his most recent Rinse 21 mix CD, is that despite its sometimes abrasive qualities (grime influences, off-kilter rhythms), it almost always appears primed for a vocal assist. The Pain & Love EP justified this assumption, pairing Tesfa Williams with several vocalists and his remix of Disclosure’s “Latch” solidified his vocal-driven credentials. Whether you prefer sans-vocals Williams is somewhat irrelevant, because it appears that’s the direction he’s taking, although a return to “Chop & Screw” would also be welcomed. Anyways, Williams recently remixed RCA songsmith Mikky Ekko’s “Pull Me Down” into a percolating piece of Miike Snow-esque pop music. It wouldn’t be a T. Williams joint without the shuffling percussion and almost imperceptibly bouncy bassline. The track is up for free download below, but Williams has hinted that he will be uploading a 320 version soon so it might be worth it to hold out ;).
There really isn’t much I’d rather get down to than bass-heavy, soul sampling brand of house music being pumped out by the likes of Bicep, T. Williams and Julio Bashmore. The sound nods to the 90’s, but is far more dynamic and less reliant on simple drum programming. It’s no coincidence that both Bashmore and Williams have released tunes on PMR Records (see also: Disclosure, Jessie Ware) as the label has championed the looking forward, reaching back sound. “Dreaming” is Williams’ latest cut and will be released on both PMR and Rinse. The track is full of the oxidized bass that sounds at once dark/muddled and airy/enthusiastic. The yearning vocals are pretty standard fare, but contribute to the peak-time nature of the track. “Dreaming” is out via Rinse on November 12 and PMR on the 19th.
T. Williams demonstrates the UK house sound better than just about anyone pumping out tunes at the moment. With the Pain & Love EP dropping today on PMR and an upcoming mix album for Rinse, the London native is forcing himself into the production elite. “Moving Fast” is the EP standout, reinvigorating some tried and true Garage methods. PMR has been on fire this year with standout releases from Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore. Stream the EP below.