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Dam Mantle- "Spirit"

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Dam Mantle is the solo effort of Glasgow producer Tom Marshallsay. I caught this track as the 405's "Track of the Day," and it's not hard to see why. The first and obvious observation to make is that this track is a bit of a departure from the dubstep sounds that littered Mantle's previous release, We.

On "Spirit," the choppy, light percussion has been switched out for something smoother and jazzier. The skittering ride cymbals and looped piano chords are a nice addition to the forefront of this track, but try not to miss any of the subtle alterations and edits that quietly whiz by. The song's more electronic elements become more obvious toward the end of the song, reminding me a bit of recent work from Four Tet or Nicholas Jaar.