The lad from South Shields delivers two sure-fire floorfillers for Josh Butler's label
With previous releases on the likes of Seth Troxler’s Play It Say It, Crosstown Rebels and of course Hot Creations, Richy Ahmed’s reputation as an artist firmly at the forefront of cutting-edge house music has definitely been confirmed in 2018. Now he makes his debut appearance on Josh Butler’s Origins Rcrds to round out the year with the excellent two-track Jammin’ EP.
The opener is the title track Jammin', which starts with uptempo, skippy percussion, a fast, funky bassline and vocal shots. As the track develops, the vocals evolve and a conga is added, then electro piano stabs, which make for one seriously fine rumpshaker of a tune. The second track is called Sweat and starts with a bold kick and hi-hat, then adds other rhythmic shots and the word "sweat" repeated over and over. There's a breakdown which breaks up the track nicely, and an eerie pad sound comes into play which gives it a different sound from what else is out there at present. There are other fast, echoed rhythmic sounds in the mix, too, and all told it's a bit of a minimal masterpiece.
Both tracks are uptempo dancefloor destroyers from the off and should work just as well in a small, dark sweatbox of a club as they will in bigger, warehouse-type venues. My favourite track is Sweat but both work a treat.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 14 December
Review Score: 8