Four years in, Amsterdam’s Cut_ (Cut underscore) continue to push the boundaries of trip hop, at times turning the genre on its head with some deft musical touches. Following on from the critically acclaimed Tune In Tune Out and Undertow, the duo have scored another direct hit with It’s On.

The track has invited comparisons with Kaskade, but for me it takes some of the more dominant and lesser known tones of trip hop, then leavens them with Belle Doron’s dulcet vocal tones and elements of post punk and futurepop. It’s a subtle and effective framework for the lyrical content which takes an eloquent but psychological approach to contemplating the possible end of an affair.

Speaking about the track, CUT_ say: “it’s about reflecting on an ending relationship and not willing to give up. The essence of the song uncloaks in the chorus line “You make me wanna let you win”. Sacrificing something for your relationship even though it’s already too late, but you don’t want to accept it”.

It’s On is out now, streaming on Spotify and is the first single to be lifted off their forthcoming Blind = Bliss EP will be released on March 2nd via [PIAS].

Photo by Rein Kooyman.