Kurmis' trademark blend of fat-ass bass and freaky vocals is working a treat here
A fine house/tech-house three-tracker from Leeds lad Kurmis here, on Manchester label ONIT Recordings, that shows off his trademark style perfectly.
Burchell is up first, marrying a bubbling, rumbling bassline and a nagging, plinky-plonky synth riff to a half-whispered spoken male vocal that I still can't quite work out after repeated listening. But then fat bass and freaky vox are kinda Kurmis's stock-in-trade, as the second track, Demello itself, underlines. Here, the bassline in question is a warping, whooshy, filtered affair while the vocal is a treated one-word sample ("deeper", maybe?), augmented by other male and vocal snips as the track progresses as well as what sounds like it might be a tin whistle. Both tracks are quirky and eminently playable, but the standard to these ears is the last track, McMassey.
McMassey starts with pounding 4/4s redolent of mid-90s New York, a resemblance that's only highlighted further by the seriously low n' grumbly b-line that recalls the Morel's Grooves classic Get On Down To The Waistline. After two minutes of said thuddy rumble, a treated female vocal appears - a full one this time. It's again near-indecipherable, but has something of that wistful quality that's so popular in pop circles right now, making this the cut that's the most likely to cross over to more commercial floors while still keeping the proverbial "heads" satisfied.
A very strong EP all round, so check it for yourself!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8