My Digital Enemy's label serve up a fine, disco-tinged tech-house two-tracker
A great two-track EP of chunky, funky no-nonsense disco-tech-house that's aimed squarely at the dance floor.
The first track, Basement Raw itself, starts with a high-impact disco stab that sets the pace for the whole track, with a heavy kickdrum, crisp swung percussion and vocal stabs which bring you to a funky bassline that's looped throughout the track. Some 80s electro Linn Drum hits laid over the top give it that authentic disco-house feel, with the techy element supplied bv flanged claps and odd synth stabs.
The second track, Keep Movin, is a little less immediate, with a long percussive intro and another funky electro bassline with vocal samples, a clap track and subtle crowd samples that can only just be heard. When the groove gets going it's a compelling one, and although not as intense as the first track Keep Movin still manages to fill a dancefloor with ease; a number of mini breakdowns reduce the intensity, but it never loses the groove.
As I said at the start, this EP is aimed squarely at the dancefloor and both tracks are masterclasses in how to make a modern techy disco-house tune that I know for sure will stay on my memory stick for many months to come.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 10 July
Review Score: 8