Two tracks that show why this duo's star just keeps on ascending
CamelPhat have been releasing top quality tunes since 2010. This, their latest, is a prime example of why they're such a success, with the likes of Carl Cox, Annie Mac, Eric Prydz and Pete Tong all regularly playing their tunes.
The main track, Monsters, is a tech-house stormer which starts with a drum beat and percussive loop, then builds with a thumping, frenetic bassline and cut-up vocal samples scattered throughout the lead-up to a mini-break, where they use part of the main vocal hook - a male spoken sample saying “you better believe in monsters.” It then charges on at a great pace, with more horror film samples, sirens, hoover sounds, risers and perfectly timed percussive interludes. The whole track is a call to the dancefloor, where this tune really sounds divine.
The second track, Drop It, has a long intro with a kick and hi-hat, sci-fi sound FX and female moans, until the female hip-house style vocal kicks in and takes us to the main body of the track, which is another funk bomb. The bass is the lead instrument, with percussion and samples making up the backbeat, and the hip-house vocal becomes the main hook. There are whoops and drops a-plenty throughout, and again it's very danceable.
With tracks of this quality, it's easy to see why CamelPhat are on the memory sticks of superstar DJs and we mere mortal DJs alike, and why their fanbase is growing with every release.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 23 September
Review Score: 9