If you like your D&B on the deep and jazzy side, you'll love this
Dexcell impressed last month with a four-track EP on BCee's Spearhead records. Here, they serve up another fine EP, this time for recently relaunched sister label Future Retro Records. Once again it's a four-track affair, with two instrumentals and two tracks featuring guest vocalists.
First up is Pacifica itself, which opens with a long, atmospheric, beatless intro, then develops into a deep liquid roller that's got distinct echoes of mid-90s jungle in the drums. Speechless feat Charli Brix is probably the most crossover-friendly of the four cuts and has a gorgeously warm bassline you could bathe in, though the wistful vocal is a little on the pop side for me so of the two vocal tracks it's Finding You feat Becca Jane Grey that gets my vote. The standout to these ears though is The Hustle, which has frenetic drumwork, a live (or live-sounding) jazz bassline to die for and a male "bounce!" vocal sample that introduces pattern changes, while other barely-there vocal fragments drift in and out throughout.
A seriously jazzual affair that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the mighty Al's Records back in the proverbial day, The Hustle is worth the price of admission on its own - but to be fair, there's not a duff cut in sight here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 15 Jun
Review Score: 8