The EP comes complete with otherworldly vocals from Canada's Isis Salam
Over a mere five years, Leftwing & Kody have established themselves as leaders of the UK house pack with big releases on Relief Records, Suara and their own label Lost Records. This EP marks their debut appearance on Moon Harbour, and features unhinged vocals from Isis Salam, formerly of Canadian duo Thunderheist.
There are three tracks, of which the first is With My Body, an uptempo tech-houser with choppy percussion, a funky bassline and strange-in-a-good-way vox which are underpinned by frenetic ethnic drums that give it a real stripped-down, minimal feel. The second track, Slay, again starts with a simple percussion loop that's joined by a rolling bassline and Isis Salam’s off-kilter vocal lines, which give the track a quirkiness that suits it to a tee. There's a slight breakbeat feel, augmented by snare hits, and again it's all very minimal. The final track is Gully itself. There's no Salam vocal this time, but again it's all about the percussion which makes up the main body of the track, along with some crazy vocal samples which I can’t decipher but which boost the quirkiness factor, along with synth stabs and a crisp, tight hi-hat pattern.
All in all, this release is a real lesson in how sometimes less is more, and shows what can be achieved with good drum programming and some well-suited minimal vocals. All three tracks are surefire dancefloor destroyers and this EP is a great way for L&K to make their debut on the mighty Moon Harbour.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 29 September
Review Score: 8