Label boss Frazer 'Counterfeit Soul' Campbell is flying under his real name for this one
A four-track vinyl EP from DJ/producer Frazer Campbell, who is soon to be playing alongside the likes of Trus’Me and Carl Craig and, judging by this release, certainly knows his way around a recording studio .
The EP features four minimal, soulful, techy cuts, the first of which is Don’t Leave Me Honey D. It starts with a kick and stabbed organ chords, then adds a hi-hat and bass before the female vocal sample (from Thelma Houston's Don’t Leave Me This Way) and a simple bassline come in, and off it flies with crisp percussion and an evolving synth riff that gives it some real oomph. There's an ethereal breakdown with more of the vocal line used as the main hook, and then on it plays to the outro.
Next up is My System, which starts with a kick and a repeated bell riff that forms the track's the main hook, added to by the odd female vocal line singing the word “systematic”, a synth riff, pad sounds and not much else. Then we have The Drama, another minimal builder with a throbbing synth sound, a funky electro bassline and male spoken vocals. Completing the EP, Gazette has a kick-led intro and another throbbing synth riff, with minimal male/female vocals interspersed throughout the track. There are idiosyncratic synth lines and a squelchy, mildly acidic sound as well.
This release is definitely from the 'less is more' school of production and sounds great for it, with the first track being my favourite as I like the vocal line – it's not an original sample, but it still works a treat!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 13 May
Review Score: 7