A past affiliate of Richie Hawtin's Minus label, Berlin-based expat Kevin McHugh (a.k.a. Ambivalent) launched his own Delft imprint in 2013, issuing records from SF producer Matrixxman as well as LA-4A, McHugh's formerly anonymous production handle. Now, it is his Ambivalent alias which is set to debut on the imprint with the Red Ones EP, a three-track effort that can be heard in full on XLR8R.
Though the acid-lined finish that has marked much of Delft's catalog to date appears a bit toned down here, McHugh's three new productions as Ambivalent are still very much strong-armed affairs. Leading the charge is the "Bump Mix" of the record's title track, a thumping excursion which places an efficient series of gliding synth tones atop a drum machine-fueled core. Following "Red Ones," "Drumatix" focuses intently on its rhythmic patterns, rendering it into a tool-like workout, while closing "Cartesia" digs deeper, its drums burrowing below a thick bassline as warm tones are scattered above. Out on September 22 via Delft, Ambivalent's forthcoming Red Ones EP can be streamed in full below.