Tracks come from Charles Caliber, Doug Gomez, Mikki Funk and label boss Marc Cotterell
There are few labels flying the flag for traditional-style US house and garage higher right now than Marc Cotterell's Plastik People, and this new V/A EP is well up to the label's usual standards.
The label boss himself gets the ball rollling, with the tuff beats, throbbing bass and warping synth chords of Keep On, which comes topped with breathy flute noodlings and a looping "keep on pushing, keep on trying" female vocal. Charles Caliber's Moving On follows, a slightly more sedate jam with New Jersey organ chords and a soul/R&B-style male vocal. Doug Gomez's Your Everything is a meandering 5am affair with a male "cos I'm in love with your everything" vocal (sample?), while completing the EP is Mikki Funk's Up & Down, which opens with stop-start beats then builds with vocal cut-ups and rich chords into a proper fat-assed bumper that'll delight the garage faithful.
A very strong package all round, but Moving On and Up & Down nudge it for this reviewer.
PS: Also this week from Plastik People, look out for the Plastik People Collections Vol 4 EP, featuring three classic 90s cuts from Sara Parker, Rusharn and Masters Of The Underground.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 22 August
Review Score: 8