The Dutch label bring us an excellent three-tracker from the French D&B stalwart
French veteran FX909 really hits a D&B sweet spot with this three-tracker for Dutch label Fokuz Recordings. If you don't like it too hard and gnarly but don't want it all polite and sacharine and poppy, either, then the Wake Me Up EP is one to check for sure.
The EP opens with Useless, wherein chime-like sounds and delicate, toppy percussion pave the way for a no-nonsense steppers' rhythm – from which point out, cavernous bass drops counterpoint the gentle, haunting keys and ethereal female vocal snips to create a near-perfect balance of dark and light. Look At You is up next: this one sits a little more readily under the liquid funk umbrella, and sports some jazzy, minor key piano work. Only then do we come to Wake Up itsel, which is similar in MO to the first track but now with rolling breakbeats.
Useless is the standout for yours truly, but all three tracks are very playable and should reach out to D&B lovers of many different persuasions.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 4 January
Review Score: 8