South Africa’s Escapism Refuge returns to London’s Smokin’ Sessions with the On The Fence EP, following his previous effort for the label – the highly acclaimed ‘Vol. 31’.
A-side and title track ‘On The Fence’ is an understated and subtle effort, carrying with it an introspective and moody set of harmonies and chord progressions. It’s a quietly uplifting start to the EP, and the track’s lead melody will remain stuck in your head for days.
The B1 – ‘Almost Eight’ – does things differently by incorporating elements of classic Ruff Sqwad-era grime with an updated and crisp set of modern day production techniques. The EP’s last track, ‘Dust’, uses a deep and propulsive bass line, which is augmented by Escapism’s now signature use of fleeting vocal samples. It’s a powerful ending to a heavyweight and emotionally-charged EP from Escapism Refuge.
Escapism Refuge’s previous efforts have gained impressive DJ support from across the scene, from figures such as Compa (Deep Medi), Synkro, Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Joe Kay (Soulection), Don Letts, Tim Parker, N- Type, Phaeleh and many more.