There's just the two tracks but that, says Danny Slade, is plenty
Italian DJ/producer Flashmob, whose releases have graced the likes of Get Physical, Toolroom and Defected, makes his debut on Riva Starr’s Snatch! Records with a great little EP entitled Ease The Pain.
There are two tracks. Africana is up first, and starts with the obligatory percussive intro that's then joined by male vocal samples, which take you pretty quickly into a breakdown that features a tribal African chant as the main hook of the track. It's been done many times before, yet still sounds great due to the production and tune-writing skills of Flashmob, who adds an acidic bassline as the breakdown ends along with risers, snapping claps and a nifty little percussive sound that makes for a great backbeat.
The second track is the EP’s title track Ease The Pain, which starts with a galloping bass loop accompanied by a hi-hat and a clap, which leads to the introduction of the kickdrum, where the fun really commences. The track features snare rolls, synth stabs and a breakbeat drum pattern, which give it a funky feel that's enhanced by a soulful male vocal as the main hook.
The EP may only contain the two tracks, but when they're of such high quality as these two, they're all you need. My favourite is Ease The Pain itself, as it's blessed with The Funk and that always wins in my book.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 1 December
Review Score: 9