Gavin Herlihy & Delano Smith ‘Krypton Factor EP’

Gavin Herlihy & Delano Smith / Krypton Factor EP

Vinyl / Digital 

Apparel Music / Released July 2011


What does it sound like? 

A little slice of quality, deep but not dull tech courtesy of US producer Delano Smith and Briton Gavin Herlihy. The EP is dominated by its title track thanks to an additional remix, but does come with a well worth buying B-side. Starting with the A though things are comparable to Siesta’s hey day and the tougher, more electro edges of the old West Coast sound, meaning driving but groovy basslines and inviting percussion abounds, while there’s also an obvious techno zeitgeist in the brew too.

Smith’s own remix reduces the stabbed tempo and opts for a cosmic disco workout that’s no less reliant on the low end than its predecessor was.  Then there’s Lost In Detroit, which falls somewhere in between the mechanical soul of said city’s newcomers and Stacey Pullen’s smooth techy stylings, capped off with a guy saying something hypnotic. Just don’t ask us what it’s got to do with the 1980s TV series.

Where would I dance to it? 

Anywhere and everywhere, particularly after Villalobos apparently dropped both original and remix when Herlihy passed him a copy at a gig in Leeds.

What highlights can I expect to hear? 

For us Lost In Detroit is the winner, as is anything that boasts such rhythm. Dark, dirty, and with all the hallmarks of classic tech house this is one all sides of the four four camp can get down to.

Why should I pay for it? 

As ever it’s a question of morality.

Where can I buy it?