Release Date: Oct 21, 2014
Record label: !K7
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Progressive House
Blurred is a good description of the music created by Michael Dodman, aka Huxley, as the upper register here comes from dreamy side of house music while the bottom is all about that boomy bass, reflecting the U.K. producer's early love of the grime genre. Check "Give 2 U" with Femme for an example of a siren song on top with a deep wallop below, while "Barne Dance" is like Roni Size remixed by Roger Sanchez, the latter artist actually landing here on the highlight "Callin'" but under his S-Man moniker.
Give a quick listen to Blurred, the debut album from Michael "Huxley" Dodman, and you might think the London producer is aiming to break out of the clubs, perhaps yearning for a fuller taste of success he had with the dance-floor soul of 2013's Let It Go. Blurred brims with such pop pleasures—shimmering melodies hover over bass-propelled rhythms throughout—and if it's worked so well for acts like Disclosure, why not for Dodman? Of course, it might also be that he's simply using the album format to expand his sound, and one area he's chosen to explore more is that of pop songcraft. Luckily, he's got the chops to pull it off.In truth, Dodman has always had pop smarts.