Painting by Bo Bartlett
Over the past 12 months, Pieter Willems has been bubbling within the burgeoning Dutch underground. Murmurs materialized when the producer recording as Presk emerged from the depths of the hyperactive music industry with his debut And Cut / Mold on Ramp Recordings offshoot Fourth Wave. Following a string of acclaimed releases on Audio Culture and Doc Daneeka’s Ten Thousand Yen, the enigmatic producer returns to his initial imprint for his first output of 2012.
Dwelling on the A-side, “Hesitate” is an itching and frenetic number. Bumping and bulbous bass lines flirt over playful keys while over-energetic kicks wander over vocal samples of the rave past. Refined strictly to 122BPM, “Hesitate” is perhaps Presk’s most punctual and inscrutable work to date. “Kook” stampedes from the B-side in a frenzy of crunchy synths, prancing drum snaps, and vicious undertows — however, it finds itself muddled within the employment of doubled samples from “The Breakfast Club,” and is perhaps a poorer example of the exponentially growing trend of sexualization within UK funky and garage. A juxtaposition of his production prowess and adolescence, Hesitate shows an artist still grappling with his formative years.