MDE's label return with a seven-tracker aimed fair and square at the dancefloor
Five months since their last release, Vudu Records relaunch with a summer EP that features productions from No Requests, Shapa Luck, Motivee, Chris Azure, Apollo Pan and - of course - label bosses MDE.
First up is MDE’s Pill Poppin’, a tech-house gem with a repeated vocal loop over a funky, quirky backbeat with plenty of random percussive sounds and a relentless bassline that drives the track along and makes it very floor-friendly. This is followed by Shapa Luck’s Birdy Beat, which features some crazy vocal samples and a monotonous bassline and rhythmic shots that go together perfectly. Then we have Warehouse 1999 by No Requests, which has a percussive intro with acidic twinges, vocal chops and a breakdown, after which it's straight back into the aural insanity with some very odd synth riffs and messed-up vocals.
Next, Apollo Pan’s Just Talking has a swung backbeat with tizzy hi-hats and a spoken, deadpan vocal line that works a treat with the funky bassline. Then things get a bit darker with Motivee’s Say Work, which has vocal samples, military snare shots, a simple but effective bassline and a piano-led breakdown. The penultimate track is Chris Azure’s On The Beat, which has pronounced hi-hats, repeated vocal samples and a techno feel overall, and then to close the EP MDE's Serg gives us Choke, another technoid beast with a relentless throbbing backbeat that only lets up for a breakbeat interlude.
All the tracks are as underground as the title suggests, and all are remorseless in their task of making you want to dance like no one's watching. I'll probably play all of them at some point, so I'd suggest you check this EP for yourselves - it's a great return to form.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 13 August
Review Score: 8