Remixes come from Yost Koen and Caleb Calloway
A fine house/tech-house EP here which features two original tracks plus a remix a-piece, both of which compliment the originals nicely.
First into the fray is the original mix of Portage itself, which kicks things off with a funky bassline, tight percussion and male vocal samples. These then lead the way to a native chant, which is the main hook for the song. The Caleb Calloway Remix is a much busier affair with the tribal chant cut up into little snippets and used as the intro, which then develops into the whole chant only being used sparingly over an electro-style backbeat with lots of mad bleeps, skippy percussion and another funky bassline.
The second original track is called Hooper, and starts with a swung drumbeat, a deep rubbery bassline and synth stabs, then develops with horn stabs, 303 sounds and bleeps and random vocal samples which come together to create a really grooving tune. The final track is the Yost Koen Remix of Hooper, which leads with a thumping kickdrum, more cut-up madness and the funk again being supplied via the b-line. There are also lpts of space age samples and general craziness in play, which make this a very danceable tune.
So there you have it: four cuts of techy but funk-laden house craziness that are all based around funky basslines and heavy on the random sounds. For me Hooper works the best - in both original and remix form - but all four are destined to do some serious dancefloor damage over the summer months.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 7 July
Review Score: 8