I don't often review EPs or albums these days, but every now and then a particular release is worth highlighting. Electronic duo Willow Beats have had their singles "Alchemy" and "Elemental" featured already, but theirAlchemyEP has a further three tracks to take in. TheMelbourne-based Uncle/Niece combination have been received wonderfully thus far, and there'll be plenty more support for them on the back of this release.
The EP's first two singles showed off Willow Beats' versatility, with the bouncy "Alchemy" making way for the more subdued, vocal-driven second single, "Elemental." This range continues on Alchemy, with three varied interpretations of the electronic genre. "Blue" is perhaps their take on modern R&B, with regular vocalist Kalyani Ellis joined by beatmaker Narayana Johnson's surprisingly smooth tones (it's the only track he sings on). "Incantation" takes a fantastical turn, with their typically fractured layering and experimental programming coming to the fore. "Cog Goblin" could be the Willow Beats version of a banger, with their twisted and engaging beats taking on a harder edge.
Willow Beats are a great alternative to the button pressers swamping the electronic music industry, and a great indication of what this genre can offer. Alchemyis an EP that should be celebrated.