Fast-rising electronic producer and EMK signee DEFSET unveils his latest fully-fledged single, ‘Moving Walls’, the second drop from his forthcoming new EP on the imprint. As the follow-up to his distinguished debut album ‘Proximity’, which launched to wide acclaim in October 2021, this new single is the perfect follow up to DEFSET’s all-encompassing first LP, with his undulating acidic atmospherics on full show here – Stream ‘Moving Walls’ here.
Meticulously crafted in his new Brighton-based studio, ‘Moving Walls’ is “a fragmented memory of a DIY squat party in Nottingham”, masterfully transitioned into its stark, corrosive sonic form here. It captures that darkened, debaucherous image in all its glory, bringing forth stomping 4×4 kicks and flittering, panned percs, fused together with that groundshaking acid line and ghostly rave-etched lead sample. All elements are utilised to perfection – it’s a stonecold sheller.
In the aforementioned fragmented memory, “the house was 3 or 4 stories with 2 soundsystems”, with DEFSET “ending up at one playing filthy acid house all night”. It sets the scene for ‘Moving Walls’ perfectly, inspired by “some really nice jacking, 303 action” on the night, with the emerging talent perfectly recreating that feeling of “being lost in the music” in that hedonistic setting.
“This was written around the vocal sample” Defset notes on the writing process, with the sample starting out as notes from a visual effect shot he was supervising in his role as a VFX supervisor and compositor. It’s the polar opposite to his most recent single – ‘All The Room With No Space’ – which trekked down a euphoric, breakbeat-etched path, glistening in the sunshine but also on the dancefloor. On the flipside, ‘Moving Walls’ is hand moulded for those dark, sweaty clubs and low ceilings, and it hits that note right on the head.It further ties into the multi-pronged mantra, ideals and ethos that DEFSET is setting out in 2022. He harks back to his inspirations and introductions to the scene, intertwining these seminal moments here, whilst always looking ahead to the future with a finger on the pulse of that underground heartbeat. DEFSET puts it best, hoping “this manages to keep people dancing whether they were there in the early part of the rave movement or whether they’re just arriving to the scene.”
More will be unveiled in the months to come, as this is just the second taste of a brand new EP from DEFSET, with each new cut leaning further into his razor-sharp artistic psyche. Ears to the ground for ‘Moving Walls’ hitting sound systems near you very, very soon.