Rock It Science Labs continues to showcase its strengths with the Echo Beach West EP, a collaborative effort from two of the young label's flagship members: Los Angeles-based artists Bystander and Give In. Since taking on the Bystander moniker, Sean Patrick has applied his veteran DJ and producer background for Hallucienda, Adjunct, and Shaboom – labels all headed by established workhorses in electronic music. In 2013 Sean came on board with RIS Labs and this is the first of many musical contributions from him in addition to his work behind the scenes. Give In is a DJ, producer, singer-songwriter, and engineer who applies his trade to many sides of the industry outside of his artistry. He initially made a mark as Origami in San Francisco’s early-2000s underground scene through releases on labels like Drop Music and Fabric London. His project Give In has seen massive support including a release on Dirtybird Records which followed his RIS Labs debut.
The Echo Beach West EP epitomizes the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – albeit they are clearly some well-oiled ones. Intricate, deep, dark, driving soundscapes are developed with an extraordinary attention to detail. "Feeling For The Edges" sees Bystander make his vocal debut with a somber ode to things left unsaid, done atop a rich bed of minimalist percussion, warm bass, analog arpeggios, twisted chords, and haunting tones. "Stay Down" opens with big kick drums and droning chords that lead to a conversation between bass line and melody, eventually making way for Give In's poignant lyrical embellishment. Instrumental mixes of each track wrap up this stellar release.
Clint Stewart (Second State / Safeword) - "I'm digging 'Feeling For The Edges'. Nice and moody for early mornings or late nights."
Jamie Jones (Hot Creations) - "This sounds cool."
Larry Tee - "I love 'Feeling For The Edges'!"
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Yes … pretty cool vibe."
[a]pendics.shuffle (Adjunct / Hallucienda) - "Nice … the 'Feeling For The Edges' instrumental is the one for me."
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) - "'Stay Down' is tidy!"
Haris Custovic (Laus Music) - "Very melodic and driving."
Recess (Shameless) - "I love having both instrumentals and vocal versions. Both are solid tracks. I'm going to give 'Stay Down' a spin on the rooftop tonight."
Mke Swells (SoundScape / Make It New) - "'Stay Down' is hauntingly beautiful. Love it, so good."
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing Radio Show) - "Each track on this EP is more like a journey than a song … oh, the places you'll go!"
Brian Bacchus (Summit Sessions Radio Show) - "Absolutely excellent release. Not often would I give a release 5-out-of-5 stars, but this one is deserving."