Remixes come from ANEK and Nino Santos & Lightem
Liverpool's Carpe Diem Musica prove that they are no shrinking violets with this tough and funky EP, the first that Mike Dentiz has released on the label. There are three mixes of Biscute, plus a bonus track entitled Little which is diminutive in title only.
The Original Mix of Biscute starts with a drum machine pattern and develops quickly with the addition of a spoken 'ding’; then in come the killer bassline, loads of double claps and more spoken samples. The track is quite sparse and frenetic but is a real groover, and goes on to talk about Tupac and Eight Ball. The first remix is by ANEK and takes a more stripped-down approach. It's percussive, funky and deeper than the Original, with vocal snippets and swirling synths which work a treat. The Nino Santos & Lightem Mix is another builder with quirky percussion, a big distorted bass sound and the same conversation used again. Different parts are used this time, though, and in such a way that it becomes part of the instrumentation in parts, with lines repeated over and over. It has a brooding feel, and works well as it's less obvious than the others.
Finally you get Little, a jackin’ house number with crisp hi-hats, a muted kickdrum and a swung rhythm. It again features a spoken sample and is aimed squarely at the dancefloor, with snare rolls and rolling rhythms a-plenty.
As for picking a favourite mix, it's too close a race for me to call it so I suggest you check it out for yourselves!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 21 November
Review Score: 8