You’ve guessed it, it is yet another EP worthy of praise from Nic Tasker’s Young Turks imprint label, Whities. Following on from Quirke’s highly acclaimed euphoric synthy number, Angus Finlayson AKA Minor Science returns to the Whities lineup. Finlayson first graced the shelves back in 2014 on with his “Noble Gas” EP on The Trilogy Tapes, before his “closing acts” EP being released as Whities 004 and his second offering is the best yet.
The A-side “Naturally Spineless” is a cocktail of sounds that have notably defined different sides to UK Dance culture, weighty bass music, electronic blips and kicks captured in 4/4, and the grungy unstable rocking of UK dubstep. Shining over the rugged terrain of this track are blissful arpeggios, binding the track together and creating a really unique sound. The B-side “Underripe” has more space, with more room to breath than the A-side and carries a lot more of that electro-style strut. Juxtaposing this is a haunting layer of tripped out vocals and wailing synth lines, adding that extra dimension of atmosphere, which is captured perfectly in both tracks.
Of course I can’t comment on a Whities record without praising the great artwork they have on each release. The presentation of each record has been just as pleasing as the music. The attention to detail has been to the point, with each copy of 004 being being individually hand stamped by collaborator Matthew Kent and Quirke himself adding some extra details to 007 before it was released. Other artists include Anna Howard and Alex McCullough, both providing great contributions to the Whities aesthetic.