The reclusive producer, the star performer - it's a formula which runs through electronic music, from the relationship between Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder to Pet Shop Boys, La Roux and beyond.
Manchester born and London based, TCTS - real name Sam O'Neill - obviously understands this. A defiantly solo artist, the producer enjoys matching his distinctive production style to fast rising talents.
New EP 'Games' features a plethora of guest vocalists. Black Butter signing Sam Sure stops by on 'You', while the title cut boasts a sensational performance from K. Stewart.
TCTS layers plenty of house synths, with buoyant, fluorescent colours matched against sprung snare drums and riding cymbals. Atop this, though, K. Stewart delivers a vocal which is both anthemic and teasing - matching the complex relationship interplay of the lyrics with a charismatic performance.
Listen to it now.
'Games' is set to be released on July 13th through MTA Records.
Photo Credit: Sam Coldy