San Francisco native Jeffrey Tice has a talent for seeing color in the blank spaces. Jeff’s roots are in early electronica but that doesn’t stop him from adopting the methods of the future. The Aurora EP is Jeff’s sophomore release on Harmonious Discord Recordings following the success of his first project, “Where Do You Go?”. Four outstanding original cuts – the title track, “What’s Going On?”, “Been Alone”, and “Cape Tape Leisure” – comprise this musically minded dance floor collection. Austin resident and Denied Music boss Daniel Allen provides us a blissful reprise, and longtime contributor of sonic oddities Plastic Pope returns to the label with a signature of strange.
“Aurora” provides a great balance between floaty ethereal accents and driving funk bass. A snappy rhythm section helps move the experience forward with jovial flare. “What’s Going On?” changes tone with a serious intro, built-in tension, and masterful dub design. Rich in texture and methodical in structure this tune is an essential dance floor tool. Daniel Allen returns to deliver an inspiring heater that elevates the mood to euphoric atmospheres with rich chord interplay and spacious arpeggiations. “Been Alone” delivers immediately on thick garage and deep house constructs, including a building analog bass pattern that begs for foot movement. HD’s mysterious but ever consistent provider of strangeness Plastic Pope makes a much anticipated return, offering a small slice of insanity with hints of breakbeat, jackin’ Chicago house, and quirk. Jeff ends the EP with a disco-inspired whale sonnet named “Table Cape Leisure”. Pressed with rim shots and summer fair this funk jam session can fit within the borders of a diverse set of music.
Tensnake (Defected / Permanent Vacation) – “Originals are nice.”
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) – “Very advanced sounds, production and arrangements. Really pro job.”
Ken Liu (Headset Recordings) – “Cleverly produced pack of tunes. Table Cape Leisure is really special. Aurora is extra nice as well.”
DJ P-Rez (Not So Fast Records) – “Wow, this release is solid!! The originals and the remixes are dope. Some of these will definitely be in this weekend's sets!”
Edground (Grooveland Music) – “Very nice release.”
Dr. Best (Radio Z) – “Table Cape Leisure is my favorite here.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Lovely EP from Jeffrey Tice, difficult to pick a favourite, a strong EP!”
Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul Radio) – “Nice assembly of grooves and varying tensions of house - workable for club floors!”
Deepshizzol (MyHouse YourHouse) – “Daniel Allen’s remix of “What’s Going On?” is top draw!”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95 / Nova Planet Radio Show) – "Rich package! Funky tracks full of lush pads, punchy basslines and catchy vocals which will move everyone.”