Bouncy jump vibes on this one from one of the acts I'm tipping for big success this year. The classic vocal will get hands up every time.
Big, synth-led number here from 19-year-old producer AWE who hails from LA and cites '80s movies, Hud Mo and Joker as influences. Yup, it’s all in there on 'Crystals' and therefore has a rather infectious nostalgia screaming out of it. And whilst it’s a bit too saccharine for my taste, it’s nothing compared to the Djemba Djemba 'Nightcore Remix', complete with weird chipmunk Japanese vocals and hyperactive drum & bass. Odd.
Nuts. Entirely crackpot. Applaud it unreservedly. Jamail Bufford raps with a kind of supra-stoned perma-surprise, free-associating all over the shop as the music does the same freewheeling moves underneath him. A sublimely slippery sound from (for me anyhoo) unheard new producer Evilldoer, constantly under threat of overloading itself into noisy arryhthmia but still staying the right side of abrasiveness, hanging around only long enough to sink under your skin. A 10-minute mix would make you puke your ring but this is unsettling, gaseous madness you should breathe deep.
Feelgood party ghetto-funk cut 'No Doubt' featuring Jimi Needles kicks off this collaborative EP from the Dutty duo of Michael Rack and Alex Furley. It's followed by 'Real Thing' featuring Captain Flatcap, which is bona fide electro swing with flutes and everything - and this page loves a bit of electro swing sometimes. Rocstar bossman Cut La Roc guests on 'Keep The Crowd Hype', a fun-loving breakbeat-funker with a neat b-line and Beiderbecke horns in the background. To round off, there's a jaunty, boompty house remix of 'Get Busy' by Ettore Baiunco. Swing high, sweet chariot.