Youandewan has spent the last few years being the UK house scene’s equivalent of James Milner. An unflashy character who as of yet hasn’t attempted to aggressively market himself, despite undisputed talent. In this sense, he is held in a similar regard to that his contemporary Midland was a few years back before ‘Trace’ propelled him into a headline-status DJ. Combining a great record collection, ability to cater a DJ set to any time and setting, and a catalogue of releases on well regarded labels (secretsundaze, 2nd Drop, Aus), he appears to be just that killer release away from breaking through in 2015.
He also seems to be getting closer and closer. As a free download, he released possibly his finest song to date just before the turn of the year – the Souls of Mischief sampling ’93’, and is following this up with the ‘Spiral Arms EP‘ on Aus – incidentally the label Midland released ‘Trace’ on. The centrepiece of the record is the wonderfully titled ‘Fool Be Cool’. Led by a sleazy 303 line and a breakneck snare, the song begins in an aggressive fashion. However, this is swiftly offset by warm keys and a late night jazz lounge female vocal. These calmer elements contextually transform the acid line into something more introspective. As always, it is a highly accomplished piece of work, and when pitched alongside the jacking remix offered up by Marquis Hawkes people will be standing up and taking notice.