The Brazilian producer formerly known as Oliver Viking debuts his new alias
Looking for some big, strutty peaktime bizniss for your next set, the kind of no-nonsense, bass-driven house fare that'll ensure the maximum throwing of shapes on the dancefloor? Then you're in luck...
The B'Down EP is the work of one João Guilherme Correa de Oliveira - a Brazilian producer who was formerly known as Oliver Viking, but now goes by Unrealised - and features four tracks that are guaranteed to get the floor moving. Opener Chains, an instrumental affair, is essentially a speed garage/bassline house throwback from the Doom's Night school of thought, and that's followed by Dance, which has a male rap vocal and a slightly more contemporary G-house/tech-house kinda feel. Salis, which follows, is a tad sparser and darker, with a rumbling bassline and driving 4/4s doing most of the heavy lifting, augmented by an understated synth motif and indecipherable treated male vocal snips. And then finally there's The B'Down itself, which has a chopped n' looped male rap vocal, more o' dat big boomin' bass and a gloriously 90s synth hook that makes the overall effect like tuning into legendary Brummie bassline pirate Silk City FM back in the mid-00s.
Chinstroking 'serious muso' types will hate this record, without a doubt... it's not clever at all. But it certainly is BIG, and those who aren't afraid of a little unpretentious dancefloor fun n' frolics will find much to enjoy here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 March
Review Score: 8