There’s a loungey, meandering quality to Good Block‘s forthcoming 12-inch that makes you want to stretch or go out for a nature walk. A slow-burning journey through lo-fi Balearic house and soothing ambient, Aquaculture unfolds at an unhurried pace but with enough bounce to revitalise dormant energies. It’s a choice follow-up to the London duo’s debut EP 4 Corners, which leaned more towards upbeat selections.
‘Opal’ is Aquaculture‘s gentlest cut and, as its opener, it sets the mood for the record’s weightless feel. Coated in gossamer synths, barely-there drums and rolling dub, the track is undeniably downtempo but it still carries plenty of intrigue thanks to strategic marimba samples that create drama and movement. The star player here is a poignant saxophone sample that holds all these elements together while guiding them across cosmic frequencies like a kind of sonic shaman. All in all, ‘Opal’ is a deeply moving arrangement that hits you right in the chest but doesn’t leave any scars.
Aquaculture will be released on 10th May via Good Block Records.