“Welcome to the sound of London”—it’s a phrase that doesn’t seem particularly awkward after applying aural deduction to Sepalcure’s Fleur EP. Its sound could wallow quite comfortably inside the gelatinous low end frequencies that rumble through the darkness of UK nightclubs, and the EP’s credentials tilt towards a similarly British incline; the four-track release comes courtesy of Hotflush, a record label run by British producer Scuba. However when observing the facts, Sepalcure’s Praveen Sharma and Travis Stewart do not reside in the same city as their peers and labelmates Mount Kimbie and Joy Orbison. They live in New York.
Sepalcure is an example of current quality electronic music seeping up from the Stateside underground. The duo exists as part of a separate faction to the beat-focused production that US artists are renowned for and do extremely well. Like Sepalcure’s first EP, Love Pressure, Fleur subconsciously reinterprets a sound not native to its home country and further spreads the pair out into its niche of so-called ‘love step.’ The overbearing nature of heavy bass (à la dubstep) is offset by gentle snatches of vocals and a trend towards warmth that creates a sense of expansiveness.
The duo has also benefited from the past experience of both members (Sharma has released music under his first name; Stewart as Machinedrum amongst others), who have collectively experimented with broad sounds ranging from folky electronica to harder beats. Somehow this has been distilled by their partnership and turned into the black blossom of Fleur—a curious object that fluctuates equally between dark and light.