The EP features two original tracks, plus a remix by Hoten
Brazilian duo Future Lab’s inaugural release on Swerve Digital is a two-track tech-house EP with a remix of the title track by Hoten.
First up is the Original Mix of Purple Hauze, which starts off with an almost breakbeat drum pattern and bass tones that take you to a breakdown where sounds of laughter are mixed in with a funky guitar lick, signalling the slightly skewed madness to come. There are wacky vocal samples and jazzy interludes galore, and the whole track is slightly off-kilter which makes it sound very individual and highly danceable. Then we have the Hoten Remix of the same, a 4/4 track with elements of the madness echoed and mixed into a smoother backbeat, which is less tongue-in-cheek but very solid, with a punchy bassline and cowbells in-play along with sci-fi risers, as well as the same vocal samples applied in a much more ordered way. Lastly you get Make My Body Move, which starts with a pronounced kick and a developing vocal and funky bassline. It's more laidback than Purple Hauze but still packs plenty of tech-house craziness with fast-paced claps, a long breakdown and some more weird and wonderful sounds.
My favourite track is the Original of Purple Hauze but all three are well thought-out and sound very current. This EP should do some major damage on many a dancefloor in the coming months.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 30 March
Review Score: 8