London producer CASSIMM makes his solo debut for Italy's Lapsus Music
Lapsus Music welcome CASSIMM with his first solo EP for the label, a three-track affair with a remix by Supernova.
The EP opens with The Music itself. It starts with a swung drum loop which is joined first by a galloping bassline and sci-fi sounds, and then by piano and soulful vocal chops, giving it instant dancefloor appeal. There's a long breakdown that finishes with two risers and a snare roll that take you back into the groove. The Supernova Remix is up next, and starts with a two-bar piano loop, to which are added ethereal vocal chants, building percussion and, eventually, the same "the music" vocal sample as the original, repeated over and over.
Next comes Oriè, which carries on in the same funky vein but with ethnic percussion, sci-fi sounds and a Latin-style chanted vocal. There's a breakdown with deep tones and the vocals, and then the song plays on. The final track is called Going Around and starts with a muted kick, closed hi-hat and clap, before a snare hit ushers in the full weighty kick and hi-hat pattern. Funky bass is then added, as well as a lead sound which, as the track progresses, is put through FX that make it sound crisp and metallic. There are also vocal chants and another breakdown, which builds the tension nicely and makes this into another sure-fire floorfiller.
This release is aimed squarely at the dancefloors of the world. I have no favourite and will play all of the tracks over the coming months, as all four are smooth, funky groovers.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 15 February
Review Score: 8