TCTS :: released November 14 2014
Manchester-born and now London-based TCTS aka Sam O'Neill releases the 4-track Games EP through the burgeoning label helmed by Chase & Status , MTA Records, and now picked up by etcetc in Australia. After laying the groundwork with the These Heights EP through Joe Goddard's Greco-Roman label, the EP has picked up support from BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, with continued support from Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, B Traits, Rob Da Bank, MistaJam and Toddla T. Tastemaker music blogs have also rallied around O'Neill's EP with Pitchfork, Fader, The Sound You Need, Mixmag, Dummy and Stereogum throwing kudos at the young producer.
TCTS has a habit of picking feature vocalists who are on the brink of success and Games is no exception, with sassy new talent K Stewart kicking things off on the title track, belting it out from the get go. Assertive, strutting vocals herald effervescent percussion and lush synth work for an irresistible start to the EP.
You features a notable performance from Sam Sure – who has begun releasing his own material on Black Butter Records – and recently premiered by big supporter Annie Mac and leading US blog Stereogum as the first taster of this release and a #10 Hype Machine chart. A little more subdued than the opening track it's a bittersweet emotive take on an electronic love song, Sure repeating All I want is you over TCTS' signature subtle, layered production. Trust takes it back to the club, a chunky beat and classic hi-hat propelled by metallic synth stabs, while rolling closer 'Forward' is house music at its very best.