Wade supplies two original cuts while Camelphat take care of remix duties
Max Chapman and George Smeddles’ Resonance Records has carved itself a solid reputation in the tech-house scene over the past half-decade or so, and now Spanish producer Wade joins the lineup of heavyweights that have featured on the label. He brings us two original cuts here, with a remix of the second track by Grammy-nominated artists Camelphat.
First up is Hardpop itself, which starts with a light percussive intro, then is quickly amped up to the max with some seriously distorted random sounds and a swung backbeat that immediately grabs your attention. There are a number of repeated vocal samples, bleeps and super-fast backspin samples, and the whole track seriously rocks. Next comes Camelphat’s interpretation of Boyz In Da Hood, a masterclass in current tech-house production that features much musical madness and, much to my liking, the famous "it takes two" sample from Lyn Collins' Think as well as a James Brown sample. It's wacky without being wack and has a breakbeat running throughout, which works a treat and gives it great pace. The EP is then closed out by the original mix of Boyz In Da Hood, which starts off all mellow with an odd sound loop and adds a funky bassline, metallic percussion and more crazy vocal samples. It's not as in your face as the other two but is still a solid contender.
If you're a fan of state-of-the-art tech-house that's ahead of the curve, this release is for you. I personally think that it's an awesome EP and I can't wait to give it a good hammering over the summer months.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 18 May
Review Score: 9