Hubie Davison - I Won't Be There EP
1. I Won't Be There
3. Mannequin Move
4. Yeh Sai
5. No Shirt, No Shoes
6. I Won't Be There (Dayvision Rework)
7. I Won't Be There (Letherette Remix)
Hubie Davison makes his artist debut on Leisure System with the I Won’t Be There EP, an expansive collection of lush, interplanetary house that is at once vaguely exotic and completely entrancing.
Hailing from Ireland and previously studying music composition in London, Davison synthesizes the emotive melodicism of artists like John Talabot and Caribou with the bare grooviness of Nicolas Jaar, incorporating phantasmagorical vocal samples into a refined instrumental palette. I Won’t Be There is an ethereal listening experience, with tracks developing from calm restraint to exhilarating peaks. Whether it’s the gentle rainstorm that introduces “Mannequin Move,” the gauzy hollers of “Yeh Sai,” or the pulsing piano chords and swollen bass of standout opener “I Won’t Be There,” Davison has a fully-formed feel for mellow grooves, while the thumping, floor-ready Dayvision Rework of “I Won’t Be There” should be getting played out at Panorama Bar for months to come.
Whether soundtracking end-of-summer romance or warming a winter chill, moving dance floors or soothing after-hour comedowns, I Won’t Be There is a thrilling debut from an exciting young artist.
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