Solid Grooves resident and Music Related Records boss Ben Murphy is the man at the controls
The latest release on the Freakin303 label comes from Ben Murphy and yes folks, it's a good one.
Opener Over Seas Language kicks off with a percussive intro comprising a kick, closed hi-hat and punchy snare shots, all with a distinctive retro drum machine sound. They're joined by a vocal line singing a phrase I can't quite work out and mechanical claps, plus a two-note, 303-like riff that's eventually joined by a funky bassline and another synth riff. Overall, it's a fast-paced groovy number that should get a dancefloor moving nicely.
The next track, Earthquake, begins with a thudding kick and deep pulsing synth stabs, while in the background there's a mechanical-sounding drum line developing which gives it a tasty retro feel. There's another simple, vocodered vocal line, plus a quiet bassline in the background, and again it all adds up to a real groover. The final track, Out Kast, starts with a shuffling percussion loop, then adds vocal chops and synth jabs, and once more the overall feel is distinctly old school. A further synth line is added but that's about it, so this one's a pretty minimal affair, with a nice breakdown in the middle.
For me this release is a really good DJ tool: none of the tracks really stands out as the lead, but all three of 'em will be very useful in the building of a nice punchy house or tech-house set.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 15 March
Review Score: 8