London based record label and artist collective squareglass reveal their first offering of 2020, the multifaceted ‘Clarity EP’ from sound engineer, producer and trained jazz saxophonist MagicFX (AKA Dom Kirtley). The “Clarity EP” comprises 4 shimmering and slightly off-kilter dance music pieces underlined by a strong aesthetic concept. For the release, the newcomer created a mix for us, stating that it consists of “some of my true favourites, which I think captures the feel of my influences. A bit leftfield, a bit nostalgic with some IDM/techno DNA throw in too :)”.
Kirtley explains on his EP, “I’m really interested in texture/colour/aesthetic in dance music and tried to focus on that throughout the EP. My goal was to put together something that was light and colourful while being energetic and propulsive, with a lot of textural information to wash over you while listening”
From the oddball, sci-fi sounds of the EP’s title track, through the twisting and intricate, acid-house infused spirals of “Burst” and “Patience”, and soaring closer “Elevate”, “Clarity”’s morphing sounds take centre stage and inform the way in which the tracks unfold, providing a sense of constant transformation.
Produced using an all-hardware, synthesiser-based setup, great emphasis is placed on the texture of each element and its place within the sonic landscape, whilst utilising intricate EQ work and spatial production techniques alongside 90s rave sensibilities. Providing a strong start for the hotly-tipped newcomer, the Clarity EP sees MagicFX put his stamp on the current dance music landscape, expertly blending bold, abstract sound design whilst simultaneously constructing solid, dance floor swaying grooves deep throughout.