Javi Bora serves up three originals while Piem gets busy on remix duties
This EP features three original cuts, plus a Piem remix of the title track. It's a tech-house affair with an emphasis on the funkier side of the genre, which for me works a treat as I'm addicted to all things funky.
First up is the Original Mix of Weapons itself, which is fast-paced and starts with a thudding kickdrum and hi-hat, then brings in synth stabs and a super funky bassline that's warm and repetitive and sets the pace nicely. There are odd vocal snippets and synth riffs, and things take an acidic turn towards the end. The slower, less intense Piem Remix has a breakbeat feel, and works as a mellower alternative to the original.
Next up is Whoop Whoop, which starts out quite restrained with a simple percussive intro, but then switches on the quirkiness and ups the funk factor with deep, relentless bass and odd vocal stabs. Finally you have You Know, which begins with sci-fi leanings, placing a muted vocal sample over eerie synths, but then quickly shifts up a gear and becomes a tribal roller with different vocal samples and more quirky synth sounds.
All in all, this is a fine release if you like your music slightly eccentric and funk-laden, as I do. The standout for me is the original mix of Weapons, but I will no doubt play them all over the coming months.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 5 May
Review Score: 8