The White Man & The Arab return with their fifth release, The Exchange EP, further developing the sound that's made their previous four outings so alluring.Informed by a range of cues that reflect the pairs' influences, you can sense dub, ambient, minimal, a love for eerie melodies and raw deepness permeating from this EP’s start to finish.
The A side kicks off with "On The Floor" - a nod to the fact that the whole EP was crafted literally on the floor (the studio was 'in transition') - signals what awaits the listener for the duration of the EP. Moody pads, slowly progressing melodies and their signature syncopated drum patterns. "People Say" follows next, instantly shifting up a gear - this is a solid dancefloor shaker with a simple but seriously effective bassline that will be lodged in your brain, a sharp hi-hat & clap combo and a disembodied, haunting vocal that chants along to the beat.
Flip the record over for the title track - "The Exchange" - a reverb-drenched ethereal club cut that gets it's unstoppable sense of motion from the irresistible percussion workout, while the squelchy acid line adds that extra rawness. Rounding off the EP "Sideways" signals a distinct nod to Detroit. No homage in sight though - it's been carefully distilled via their own signature processes resulting in a somewhat emotional, dubbed out track - perfect supplement for when you're starting to land back to earth...
a1. On The Floor
a2. People Say
b1. The Exchange