08.08.2011, Words by Charlie Jones

Pearson Sound

Let’s be clear, 1pm in a tent with the small amount of sunshine there is streaming in, is not Pearson Sound’s ideal working environment. The pensive, rather than pumped up crowd that exists at this time of day is also not really what he’s made for. Respect to him though for not just taking the easy route and playing bass-y/house-y hit after bass-y/house-y hit as a way of appeasing the gathered, but attempting to hook people with more subtlety than that.

It doesn’t work perfectly all the time, but when that late night flex kicks in and translates to this new setting it’s great. A remix of Auntie Flo’s Oh My Days, closely followed by some Jamie xx-type steel drums creeping in, fluffing up the bass pressure. He properly strikes the magic button towards the end of the set, Peverelist, his own tunes, the jerky Project and Ciara-sampling Grab Somebody, and his remix of Deep Inside among those hitting the spot. It’s not a complete home-run of a set, but he gives the crowd a good working in less-than-ideal circumstances.

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