The Third Man: Future Tense EP (Applied Rhythmic Technology)
Toby Leeming’s latest EP as the Third Man consists of 2 tightly crafted melodic techno/trance hybrids. “Future Tense” is the clear standout of the two, a really nicely progressive track that starts off unassuming enough. His approach reminds me of Aril Brikha, but a bit more front-and-center all around in the mix; by the time it really hits a stride it’s much bigger and more expansive than it might seem at first. My only minor gripe is that once it comes to a full boil, it never really recedes, not giving much of an outro for mixing purposes. But it’s a minor complaint; otherwise, this track is perfect. “More Than One” rounds it out with a nice coursing nightdrive theme, less urgent than the A-side but no less impeccably produced, erring more on the techno side than the trance flirtations of “Future Tense.” Outstanding stuff from Kirk DeGiorgio’s ART imprint, highly recommended.
Listen to clips on SoundCloud since I can’t embed it here.